No Thais injured/killed in protest in Malaysia

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BANGKOK, 12 July 2011  – The Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur has confirmed that no Thai people have been injured or killed in the protest against the Malaysian government during the last weekend. 

Information Department Director-General and Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Thani Thongphakdi reported that the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur has kept constant contacts with Thai communities and confirmed the safety of about 4,000 Thais in Kuala Lumpur and other cities.

The director-general further elaborated that Thai people in Malaysia have not been affected by the protest as they can still live and travel to work normally.

Many protests were staged in Kuala Lumpur in the past weekend, demanding the Malaysian government for a national administrative reform. Malaysian police then decided to use tear gas to control the crowd.

Mr Thani advised that Thais in Malaysia abide by suggestions given by the Malaysian government strictly and avoid protest sites for their own safety although Malaysian authorities claim the situation is under control. He also told them to monitor news reports from the embassy and the Malaysian government.