Protests in front of Malaysian Embassy in Manila
PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysia's embassy in Manila, the Philippines, has temporarily suspended its operations from today, the New Straits Times reported.
It is learnt that the closure was in response to protests of several groups outside the embassy supporting a Filipino group which has occupied a palm-oil plantation in Malaysia's Sabah state for three weeks in defiance of request that they leave the place.
The occupation group has launched the operation for people claiming to be descendants of the southern Philippines' sultanate of Sulu, in a move to "take back" what they see as the latter's "territories".
Malaysian troops backed by fighter jets attacked the armed Filipino group on Tuesday, trying to end the standoff on the Borneo island, which has killed at least 27 people and sparked fears of broader insecurity in the resource-rich region.