Wuhan virus: Malaysians' call for ban on tourists from China takes on racial tone

A poster informing passengers as they arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Jan 21, 2020, that there is coronavirus-screening ahead. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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KUALA LUMPUR - The uproar in multiracial Malaysia over the perceived mishandling of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak points to growing racial and xenophobic sentiments, especially among the country's Malay-Muslim majority.

No new cases have surfaced since the last of four Chinese nationals, all from Wuhan, tested positive on Jan 25, and no local transmissions have been reported.

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