‘SUP­PORT GOVT’S EF­FORT TO BRING MALAYSIANS HOME’

If we are united, for­eign en­e­mies can­not de­stroy us, says Na­jib

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PRIME Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak called upon all cit­i­zens of the coun­try to unite and sup­port ef­forts to bring the re­main­ing nine Malaysian cit­i­zens home from North Korea.

Na­jib said the strength of a coun­try could be mea­sured by the unity of its peo­ple when faced with crises or ex­ter­nal threats.

“While the gov­ern­ment is con­tin­u­ing ef­forts to bring home Malaysians banned from leaving North Korea, I want to urge all Malaysians, in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment and op­po­si­tion lead­ers, to unite and give full sup­port to all ef­forts that are be­ing made to solve this prob­lem.

“If we are united in fac­ing any prob­lem or threat, for­eign en­e­mies would not be able to de­stroy what we have built over the years,” he said in an au­dio mes­sage on his blog, na­ji­brazak.com.

He added that it was not the first time Malaysia was faced with dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions in­volv­ing for­eign re­la­tions, cit­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of Malaysia Air­lines Flight MH370, the down­ing of MH17 and La­had Datu in­tru­sion.

Na­jib said such crises proved that Malaysia had ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in han­dling com­pli­cated is­sues re­lated to for­eign pow­ers, adding that the coun­try had al­ways main­tained good re­la­tions with all na­tions.

“In­syaAl­lah (God will­ing), we will again be given guid­ance by Al­lah the Almighty, to en­sure the safe re­turn of our Malaysians in North Korea and un­ravel the ques­tions con­cern­ing the mur­der (of the North Korean man) that hap­pened on our soil.

“Malaysia has al­ways main­tained a good re­la­tion­ship with other coun­tries.

“How­ever, this does not mean that any­body can ex­ploit the Malaysian hos­pi­tal­ity and break the laws in our coun­try at their whims and fancy, in to­tal dis­re­gard of Malaysia as a sov­er­eign coun­try,” he added.

The For­eign Min­istry said 11 Malaysians were in North Korea — nine em­bassy staff and their fam­ily mem­bers and two who worked for the United Na­tions World Food Pro­gramme.

The two UN vol­un­teers, Stella Lim and Nyanaprakash Mu­niandy, were al­lowed to leave Pyongyang on Thurs­day. Both are now in Bei­jing, China.

Diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Malaysia and North Korea soured fol­low­ing the high-pro­file mur­der of Kim Jong-nam at klia2 on Feb 13.

In Pu­tra­jaya, Na­jib yes­ter­day joined a con­gre­ga­tion of over 8,000 at Masjid Pu­tra here to per­form so­lat ha­jat to pray for the safety and well­be­ing of Malaysia, which is now in a tense diplo­matic spat with North Korea.

Also present were Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi and Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Ba­harom.

The prayers, which fol­lowed the Fri­day prayers, were led by Masjid Pu­tra Grand Imam Datuk Abd Manaf Mat.

On Thurs­day, Na­jib called on all mosques in the coun­try to hold

so­lat ha­jat for the safety of Malaysians in North Korea.

PIC BY FARIZ ISWADI IS­MAIL

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak pray­ing with the con­gre­ga­tion for the safety of the Malaysians in North Korea at Masjid Pu­tra in Pu­tra­jaya yes­ter­day.

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