US Embassy travel advisory uncalled for, says deputy minister
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Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the travel advisory seemed to paint a negative picture of Malaysia. â" Picture by Yusof Mat Isa JOHOR BARU, Jan 13 â" The recent travel advisory issued by the United States (US) Embassy to US citizens to stay away from frequenting a certain nightclub in Kuala Lumpur (KL) following alleged cases of âcoordinated drink-spikingâ is uncalled for, says Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.
The Home Deputy Minister said such an actio n seemed to paint a negative picture of Malaysia, and at the same time implied that such incidents also happened at all nightclubs in the country.
âThere is (really) no need to issue the travel advisory. Just tip off the police, (as) they can take action if there is a complaint. Such information can adversely impact the countryâs imageâ¦ in fact, it implies that all nightclubs in KL, and Malaysia are doing the same.
âHowever, I will instruct the police to look into the matter and investigate if there are complaints from the victims.
âSometimes, the victims did not lodge a (police) report but discussed it on social media and so on. Perhaps, this could be the reason why the US Embassy is concerned about the matter,â Nur Jazlan, who is also Pulai MP, told a press conference after attending the Everyday Sports Futsal Centre first anniversary here today.
Yesterday, the embassy in a statement urged US citizens to avoid visiting The Beach Club in Jalan P. Ramlee following âcoordinated drink-spikingâ cases at the premises which allegedly targeted foreigners.
The statement also said that such cases were not limited to the premises.
âThat is why the police are conducting drug-prevention activities in night clubs. Sometimes, the owners of these nightclubs are not aware of what is happening inside as those who provide the service (of fixing and serving drug-laced drinks) are the waiters and bartenders,â noted the deputy minister.
Nur Jazlan said the drug-laced drinks could have been offered for between RM30 and RM40 per glass.
âThey have various ways of offering the drinksâ¦however, it is difficult for us to prove that as (the âdealâ) takes place behind the counter,â he added. â" BernamaSource: Google News