Malaysia’s ac­tions brave, nec­es­sary, says Ir­mo­hizam

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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.

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