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“Since then, Malaysia had withdrawn its free-visa agreement and, today, our government has taken a serious reconsideration of Malaysia’s relations with North Korea,” he said.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