23Jun2017

Third country involvement not required to resolve spat

A third country’s involvement is not required in resolving the issue over the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother Kim Jong Nam, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said, if there was good relations between Malaysia and North Korea, the issue could be resolved without any delay.

“I am confident the Prime Minister is trying to maintain diplomatic ties between North Korea and Malaysia to facilitate friendly discussions between both countries,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, was speaking to reporters after launching a ‘Jalin Kasih’ carnival organised by Kalabakan UMNO division training and research bureau.

He said the diplomatic relations between Malaysia and North Korea should be maintained as long as there was no breach to the agreement of the Vienna Convention.

“Of course our priority is on the remaining nine Malaysians in Pyongyang and the foreign minister has made every effort to ensure their return to Malaysia.

“However at the same time we also want to make sure that the North Korean nationals who are in this country will be allowed to return home when the time comes should they make the same effort,” he said.

According to Ahmad Zahid if North Korea were keen in maintaining diplomatic ties, Malaysia would follow suit and proper arrangement would be made.

“We have an open policy, if they do good we will reciprocate,” he said.

Meanwhile on claims that 1,000 North Koreans are in Cyberjaya, he said Immigration Department records showed that from 2014 to 2017, 2,453 North Koreans are either working or participating in the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme in the country.

“However there are only 315 of them still living in the country while the rest have returned to their country of origin (North Korea).

“These people are working in various sectors,” he said.

Asked if the North Koreans in the country would be monitored, he said, Malaysia has a special approach to detect negative elements among the North Korean community in the country.-13/3/2017


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