PM: Malaysia determined to uncover truth
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia had to take a firm stand in investigating Kim Jong-nam’s murder as it is determined to uncover the truth about what transpired.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Malaysia would continue to take a firm stand and prosecute those responsible for the crime.
“I would like to say that a crime has been committed in Malaysia and we also realise that the material used is a very dangerous chemical substance that should not be used at all.
“So, we must take a serious stand and we are fully determined to get to the truth and prosecute those responsible for what happened,” he told Al Arabiya news channel on Sunday.
Commenting on the use of the VX nerve agent in the assassination, Najib said it was “totally unacceptable”, adding that the use of the dangerous chemical could have killed many more people than just the intended victim.
He said Malaysia still needed to conduct DNA comparisons for identification purposes, adding that this was a common procedure.
“We are waiting for DNA samples (from relatives) to identify the (deceased). So, we cannot hand over the body as long as we cannot determine without a doubt the identity of the victim.”
Jong-nam, the exiled halfbrother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was attacked on Feb 13 at klia2.
He was approached by two women and “had his face wiped”, then sought assistance from airport staff after feeling dizzy.
Medical staff at the airport clinic called for an ambulance but Jong-nam died en route to Putrajaya Hospital.
North Korean ambassador to Malaysia, Kang Chol, later accused Malaysia of colluding with “hostile nations”, such as South Korea and the United States. He had also said Malaysian police could not be trusted to investigate the matter.
Two women have since been charged with the murder of Jongnam.