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Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu?

Post Number:#1  Postby weugene » Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:07 pm

Salam 1Malaysia to my fellow divers,

Am not sure if this is true but i received a notification from a friend (screenshot of an official mail from the PMs dept to the Sabah State govt) that all islands in Sabah have been closed due to the issues surrounding Lahad Datu. Has anyone else heard about this/able to confirm?

I know this sounds abit selfish, just that i have a planned trip to sipadan in 2 weeks and hope that it will not be affected.
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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#2  Postby run » Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:22 pm

weugene u have to wait and check with dive operator. Right now the issue is quite big since there was casualties involved. Those sulu's will be desprate and will take hostages to save themselves. Remember the Sipadan kidnapping by Abu sayyaf 10 years back? Our national guard dont want such similiar kidnapping happen again

-- Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:09 pm --

just a quick info. A fren update that her 1st night tonite was distrupted by gun fires in the nearby village near bum bum island. Dont know how true the frenz report. Can read the news tomorrow though news will not cause chaos by spreading panic gun fires or so. might as well have some of our frenz originally from the area to update us on the information

-- Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:11 pm --

i meant frenz in MUW forum who worked or originally from the area

-- Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:39 pm --

more current update
http://www.facebook.com/#!/PolisDirajaMalaysia
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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#3  Postby weugene » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:06 am

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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#4  Postby Free Diver » Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:02 pm

Hey all. Do read on the attachment for self explanary

-- Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:08 pm --

Second statement issued by STB. Checked the date on both attachment statement
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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#5  Postby run » Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:55 pm

if there are anyone that still want to continue to have a journey there , why not try to check the flight back home. Just incase suddenly u need to change plan. A diver stay just one night last night at sempoarna when heard the gun shot. try to find flight back home today all fully book. Only available tomorrow. Nothing wrong with plan B right?
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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#6  Postby ultravilot » Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:53 am

updates from my frend tha just went into PomPom island yesterday....Sipadan remains closed. but access to other island is still available.
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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#7  Postby toodus » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:33 pm

Phillipines is very very very near to the affected places. But worry not, our maritime and military are there to protect us. Give another 3 days and everything will be back to normal.

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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#8  Postby ultravilot » Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:59 pm

back in year 2010 January...United States embassy in Malaysia issued a warning that terrorist groups are planning attacks against foreigners in Sabah island. I was there with my dive group. we felt so safe because they will send marine to check in Mabul island every hour and Helicopter is flying in every hour too.

source : http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/ ... 76/1/.html

This time..i think they will do so. For me, it would be very safe.
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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#9  Postby b541314 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:10 am

toodus wrote:Phillipines is very very very near to the affected places. But worry not, our maritime and military are there to protect us. Give another 3 days and everything will be back to normal.


I am sad to disagree, our marine s not doing a good job... is not protecting us, otherwise the Philippines people would not visit sabah as their wish. :blank: :sad:

i dun know, maybe too few marine or no proper ship are being assigned there :blank:
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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#10  Postby run » Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:52 am

i would appreciate no "hard proof" accusation is being said in the topic. We only see what we can see and dont always judge a book by its cover. Ive work with marines before and we only know the surface.
Some of the MUW member are even X-marines/ ATM. It wouldn't hurt to be a little bit sensative towards other when you want to speak ur mind.
A person who thinks before he/she speaks is better than a person who speaks before he/she thinks.
Sorry b541314 i am not trying to be judgemental but it is wise if we could concentrate on the topic of the thread. We wouldn't want to spread any fires here.
It is already sad enough for the people who lost their love ones in the event.
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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#11  Postby toodus » Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:01 am

Yeah shame on you b541314. Do you know how near the Philippines is with Tungku in Lahad Datu? It's lke the distance from Pavilion to KLCC....and it's all over the Sabah costline. Sandakan, Tawau, Kudat, Kunak, etc. If you drive to Kunak, you can hear Philippines radio station.

It's like JB and Singapore ...but who wants to to enter Singapore.....

Anyway, we have been diving all these while in Sipadan, Pom Pom, Timba Timba , Mataking and they have kept us safe...very safe.
This is an isolated incident but I am always grateful the marines / army are there when we stop by to register ourselves with the army /marines before we backroll into the waters of Pandanan Island.....
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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#12  Postby vash_h » Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:42 am

errr.... what army? they have not mobilized ATM... it is the police that is fighting this war. dont ask me why... im still wondering why myself...
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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#13  Postby ultravilot » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:27 am

War started. Three jet fighter bomb the kampung before the troops when in
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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#14  Postby b541314 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:41 am

run, noted and appreciate your input. Cheers

toodus, I am a Sabahan, born n grew up at Sdk until my tertiary education. My home was near army camp n always visited the army camp at mile 7 when permitted especially the open day :) cheers bro
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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#15  Postby mamakpenang » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:51 am

my support to our security forces and armed forces who is currently fighting right now in lahad datu
my condolence to our fallen heroes - RIP
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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#16  Postby toodus » Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:43 pm

b541314,

Ok.. if you're Sabahan, I take back what I say about you..... One of my best memories was in Sabah
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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#17  Postby b541314 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:23 pm

toodus wrote:b541314,

Ok.. if you're Sabahan, I take back what I say about you..... One of my best memories was in Sabah


toodus,

1. i take no offense, it might be my comment earlier s not clear or at the wrong timing as per run mentioned. No worry :-)

2. appreciate ur reply but there are many type of sabahan too. i love Malaysia and proud being a Sabahan too. :X :d

3. my dive trip to lankayan island on 29 Mar - 1 Apr is still ON, i wired the balanced RM to them yesterday, 4 Mar. :))

We can exchange view and info on Sabah when we meet for coffee/tea, best when we dive together at Sabah. Good Day :-)
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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#18  Postby weugene » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:23 pm

in light of the situation, our group will be postponing our Sipadan trip by a few months and in replacement will dive somewhere in Peninsular instead next week.

Safe diving for anyone who is heading out there.
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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#19  Postby toodus » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:19 pm

weugene wrote:in light of the situation, our group will be postponing our Sipadan trip by a few months and in replacement will dive somewhere in Peninsular instead next week.

Safe diving for anyone who is heading out there.


Is it worse to be scared than to be bored? That is the question......
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Re: Are the Sabah islands closed due to issues in Lahad Datu

Post Number:#20  Postby Owtaman » Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:11 pm

FYI

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?fi ... sec=nation

Lahad Datu: Travellers told to exercise caution

PETALING JAYA: Travellers have been urged to exercise caution when visiting the east coast of Sabah.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said this was because of the ongoing standoff between Malaysia's security forces and the Sulu armed intruders.
“I am not saying the entire Sabah is not safe for tourists. If you want to visit places such as Kota Kinabalu, Pulau Gaya, or Mount Kinabalu - these are okay (safe).
“But please be careful if you need to travel to places like Semporna and Lahad Datu,” Dr Ng told a press conference at the launch of the 4th Malaysia International Shoe Festival 2013 here yesterday.
She acknowledged that the invasion by the self-styled Sulu royal army had somewhat affected tourism to several Sabah destinations.
Meanwhile, six countries and Taiwan have issued travel warnings advising their citizens to stay away from Sabah's eastern coast.
The countries are Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
A statement from the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur advised American citizens from going to east Sabah, including island destinations.
Adding that it was not aware of specific threats to US citizens, the embassy said all evacuation and curfew orders by Malaysian authorities were to be obeyed.
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