Malaysia Terror Alert

Malaysia is the latest nation to come under the spotlight for threats of terrorism against expats and travellers.

The US embassy in the capital Kuala Lumpur, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Australian government all warned terrorists were plotting an attack  this week – and pinpointed the likely target as Alor Street.

Alor Street, or Food Street, is a popular haunt for tourists hanging out in bars and restaurants.

“We are also warning tourists or expats in the surrounding areas to remain vigilant,” said a US embassy spokesman.

“Terrorists have often coincided attacks with significant dates and this is the eve of Eid.”

The British and Australian governments issued similar warnings.

However, the date passed without incident.

Security watchers assumed the government security forces had picked up on a planned outrage and either passed the information to the Thai authorities who dealt with the matter or the information was incorrect.

Singapore suffers haze

The Singapore government is warning expats and visitors about pollution levels.

The city state, this week voted the world’s favourite place to live by expats suffers from ‘haze’.

Pollution levels hit their peak for the year this week.

Singapore can do little about the problem as the haze originates from forest fires and land clearance in Indonesia. Farmers illegally start the fires to clear the way for commercial crops.

“The government has deployed troops to fight the fires and find those responsible for starting them,” said an Indonesian government spokesman.

A pollution level of 300 is considered acceptable. In Singapore, metering hit 341, while in some parts of Indonesia haze levels were as high as 2000.

Philippines kidnaps

Canada has issued a general travel alert warning of the risk of kidnap for foreigners in The Philippines.

Four victims were – two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipino – were abducted from a hotel at the Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte.

Security forces also revealed foreign visitors had been kidnapped in other areas of the country – specifically the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)

Civil unrest is common in The Philippines, with a