27 January 2015
This Advice was last issued on Tuesday, 27 January 2015.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will hold Ministerial Meetings in Kota Kinabalu on 27-28 January 2015. We remind Australians in the area that extremists view large gatherings of foreign dignitaries as attractive targets for potential terrorist attacks. You should be especially vigilant in and around venues associated with the ASEAN meetings in Kota Kinabalu (see under Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider your need to travel to the coastal region of eastern Sabah, including islands, dive sites and associated tourist facilities, due to the high threat of kidnapping. We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in all other areas of eastern Sabah covered by the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (ESSZone) due to the heightened security measures in place. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Malaysia overall.