Call on Mahathir to establish an all-party mechanism to evolve a truly national strategy to combat terrorism that addresses both the root causes of domestic discontent as well as the reason Malaysia has been  placed on top of  international “terrorist danger” list

Media Statement
Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya, Thursday):  On Monday, the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad  expressed disappointment  over the move by certain countries to place Malaysia on top of the "danger threat" list issued to travelers as well as the cancellation of international programmes which had been scheduled to be held in Malaysia which could affect tourist arrivals and the entry of foreign investment.

But Mahathir’s public  displeasure could not  prevent an even more serious  “Terrorist Alert” involving Malaysia which was issued by the United States Government and reported by the international  news agencies this morning  warning that attacks similar to last month's Bali bombing which killed nearly 200 people could take place in other Southeast Asian nations, including Malaysia.


On its website,, US Department  of State posted a  “worldwide caution” public announcement dated November 20, 2002 which said:


“Worldwide Caution

November 20, 2002


“This Worldwide Caution supersedes the Worldwide Caution dated November 6. It is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to the need to remain vigilant and to remind them of the continuing threat of terrorist actions that may target civilians. This Worldwide Caution expires on May 20, 2003.


“In light of the statement released by Usama Bin Ladin on November 12, 2002, the Department of State reminds Americans that U.S. citizens and interests remain at increased risk of terrorist attacks, including by groups with links to Usama Bin Ladin's Al-Qaida organization. Terrorist actions may include, but are not limited to, suicide operations or kidnappings. These individuals have proved that they do not distinguish between official and civilian targets. Because security and security awareness have been elevated within the United States, the terrorist may target U.S. interests overseas. Recent events include the terrorist attacks in Kuwait and Bali. We remind American citizens to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security and to exercise caution.


“On November 14, 2002, the State of Virginia executed Mir Ahmad Kasi, a Pakistani national, who was convicted in 1997 of the 1993 murders of two CIA employees. The potential exists for retaliatory acts against U.S. or other foreign interests in response to the execution.


“Attacks on places of worship and schools, and the murders of private American citizens and other westerners, demonstrate that as security is increased at official U.S. facilities, terrorists and their sympathizers will seek softer targets. These may include facilities where Americans or possibly other foreigners are generally known to congregate or visit, such as residential areas, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, hotels, outdoor recreation events or resorts and beaches. Americans should increase their security awareness when they are at such locations, avoid them, or switch to other locations where Americans in large numbers generally do not congregate. There is a possibility that American citizens may be targeted for kidnapping or assassination.


“U.S. Government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert. These facilities may temporarily close or suspend public services from time to time to review their security posture and ensure their adequacy. In those instances, U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to American citizens. Americans are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest American embassy or consulate.


“As the Department continues to develop information on any potential security threats to Americans overseas, it shares credible threat information through its Consular Information Program documents, available on the internet at In addition to information on the Internet, U.S. travelers can hear recorded information by calling the Department of State in Washington, D.C. at 202-647-5225 from their touch-tone telephone, or receive information by automated telefax by dialing 202-647-3000 from their fax machine.”


Although the Malaysian government had co-operated with the US Government in allowing a team of United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to question an Internal Security Act detainee, Yazid Sufaat about his connections with Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person to have been put on trial in the United States over the Sept 11 attacks on New York and Washington, as well as agreeing to the establishment of a US-Malaysia Regional Anti-Terrorism Centre in the country,  was the Malaysian Government informed beforehand about the latest US Government travel advisory warning involving the country?


DAP calls on Mahathir to establish an all-party mechanism to evolve a truly national strategy to combat terrorism that addresses both the root causes of domestic discontent as well as the reasons Malaysia has been placed on top of  international “terrorist danger” list.


* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman