Tian Chua praises govt for be­ing firm with North Korea

New Straits Times - - News -

PKR vice-pres­i­dent Tian Chua yes­ter­day praised the govern­ment in its han­dling of the diplo­matic is­sue with North Korea.

Chua (PKR-Batu) said the govern­ment had shown firm­ness in re­sponse to North Korea, which had been ag­gres­sive to­wards Malaysia over their diplo­matic re­la­tions.

“I praise the govern­ment for be­ing firm with North Korea in de­fend­ing Malaysia’s pride,” he said when de­bat­ing the mo­tion of thanks on the royal ad­dress in Par­lia­ment.

Diplo­matic ties be­tween Malaysia and North Korea have be­come tense in the past few days over the mur­der of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jongun.

Malaysia has de­clared the North Korean am­bas­sador here per­sona non grata af­ter he made dis­parag­ing re­marks on the han­dling of the mur­der case by police.

North Korea re­tal­i­ated by pro­hibit­ing Malaysian cit­i­zens from leav­ing the coun­try un­til the mur­der case was solved.

Chua said the wis­dom of early na­tional lead­ers, who adopted the pol­icy of neu­tral­ity, was an ex­am­ple that could be em­u­lated now to avoid get­ting into con­fronta­tions with other coun­tries.

On Tues­day, Pe­nang Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng had said Malaysia should sever diplo­matic ties with North Korea af­ter the com­mu­nist state barred Malaysians from leav­ing.

He sup­ported Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi’s an­nounce­ment in bar­ring North Korean em­bassy of­fi­cers and staff from leav­ing Malaysia.

“If it (North Korea) re­fuses to re­lease our cit­i­zens, we must do the same.

“It’s not that we want to keep the North Kore­ans here; we just want our cit­i­zens to come home,” he said.

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