Umno Youth sup­ports govt’s move to ex­pel am­bas­sador

New Straits Times - - News -

Umno Youth ex­pressed sup­port for the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to ex­pel North Korean am­bas­sador Kang Chol from Malaysia.

The wing’s vice-chief, Khairul Azwan Harun, said Kang’s ex­pul­sion showed Malaysia was stern in de­fend­ing its sovereignty.

“Umno Youth strongly sup­ports the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to ex­pel the am­bas­sador,” he said.

On Feb 23, the wing along with BN Youth and sev­eral youth non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions gath­ered in front of the North Korean Em­bassy to hand over a note of protest.

“In that note of protest, w e d emanded that Malaysia re­visit its diplo­matic ties with North Korea and re­tract the free­visa agree­ment with Py­ongyang.

“Since then, Malaysia had with­drawn its free-visa agree­ment and, to­day, our gov­ern­ment has taken a se­ri­ous re­con­sid­er­a­tion of Malaysia’s re­la­tions with North Korea,” he said.

He also said in or­der to safe­guard Malaysia’s hon­our, quick ac­tion was nec­es­sary.

“Umno Youth wel­comes this de­ci­sion and would con­tinue to up­hold Malaysia’s rule of law and sovereignty.”

On Satur­day, Wisma Pu­tra is­sued a state­ment declar­ing Kang per­sona non grata and giv­ing him un­til 6pm on Mon­day to leave the coun­try.

Kang had lev­elled sev­eral ac­cu­sa­tions at Malaysia fol­low­ing the mur­der of Kim Jong-nam on Feb 13. Among them was that Malaysia was col­lud­ing with coun­tries hos­tile to North Korea, such as South Korea and the United States.

Al­though the Malaysian gov­ern­ment had de­manded a writ­ten apol­ogy from North Korea for the ac­cu­sa­tions thrown by Kang, no such apol­ogy was of­fered.

Khairul Azwan Harun

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