Malaysia’s actions brave, necessary, says Irmohizam
The government’s decision to declare North Korean ambassador Kang Chol persona non grata and order him out of Malaysia was “brave” and absolutely necessary.
Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Dr Irmohizam Ibrahim said yesterday North Korea had repeatedly shown that it did not respect Malaysia’s laws.
“The government’s decision to order (Kang) out of the country for North Korea’s refusal to apologise was appropriate. The government had all this while taken steps that were considerably diplomatic so that there would be no tension between the two countries,” he said.
Irmohizam said those who took issue with the matter should be reminded that declaring Kang persona non grata was done in accordance with Article 9 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961.
He said Malaysia’s actions also sent a strong message that this was not a country that took criminal activity lightly.
It also showed, he said, that Malaysia was professional when it came to addressing “wild and rude accusations” that could tarnish its image.