KL, PY­ONGYANG DON’T NEED A ME­DI­A­TOR

Only 315 North Kore­ans re­main in Malaysia, says Zahid

New Straits Times - - News - KRISTY INUS TAWAU kristy@nst.com.my

THERE is no need for a third coun­try or party to in­ter­vene to re­solve the prob­lem be­tween Malaysia and North Korea.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the two coun­tries could han­dle the mat­ter them­selves.

He said what was needed was a re­cip­ro­cal ar­range­ment with North Korea.

“For­eign Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ani­fah Aman is do­ing every­thing to en­sure the safe re­turn of the nine Malaysians in Py­ongyang.

“We will see that North Kore­ans here are al­lowed to re­turn home when their side re­sponds in the same way.

“Also, the is­sue for North Korea is the re­mains of Kim Jong­nam, which can only be handed over to the next of kin.”

Zahid said this after launch­ing the Jali­nan Kasih car­ni­val or­gan­ised by Kal­abakan Umno di­vi­sion’s train­ing and re­search bureau at the mu­nic­i­pal field here yes­ter­day.

He also ex­pressed con­fi­dence in Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak’s pol­icy of con­tin­u­ing to main­tain the good diplo­matic ties with North Korea, which would ease deal­ings be­tween the two na­tions.

Zahid said Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment sta­tis­tics recorded 2,453 North Kore­ans in the coun­try be­tween 2014 and this year.

“Out of the 2,453, 11 were stu­dents, 193 were MM2H (Malaysia My Sec­ond Home) par­tic­i­pants, 801 were here un­der tem­po­rary work visit per­mits, (in­clud­ing) 180 min­ers in Sarawak.

“But in our record, only 315 are still here. The rest must have re­turned to their home coun­try.”

He said the 315 who re­mained in Malaysia in­cluded stu­dents, MM2H par­tic­i­pants and work­ers. He said they were not be­ing mon­i­tored, but the gov­ern­ment would know what to do if there were neg­a­tive el­e­ments among them.

Ear­lier, Zahid said good team­work with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment was key to en­sure as­sis­tance could be chan­nelled to Sabah prop­erly.

He said the close col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak and Sabah Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Musa Aman had ben­e­fited the state.

“This close re­la­tion­ship is not for in­di­vid­ual (ad­van­tage), but for the peo­ple. Close col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the peo­ple and the lead­ers, be­tween non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and politi­cians, be­tween fed­eral and state level, must be strength­ened to en­sure con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment in the state,” he added.

PIC BY ED­MUND SAMUNTING

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi and Sabah Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Musa Aman (sec­ond from right) at the Jali­nan Kasih car­ni­val or­gan­ised by the Kal­abakan Umno di­vi­sion in Tawau yes­ter­day.

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