Me­dia in­trigued by dis­carded items out­side em­bassy

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: A pile of dis­carded items, in­clud­ing com­puter parts, lap­tops and doc­u­ments, at­tracted jour­nal­ists sta­tioned out­side the North Korean em­bassy here yes­ter­day.

Four boxes and seven plas­tic bags were placed at the gate along with flower stands and a bou­quet of sun­flow­ers left by the Sol­i­dar­iti Anak Muda Malaysia group a few days ear­lier.

The items were ap­par­ently dis­posed off be­tween Satur­day night and the early hours of yes­ter­day when no me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tive was present. Em­bassy of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing coun­sel­lor Kim Yu-song, who left the premises be­fore re­turn­ing an hour ear­lier, did not men­tion the items.

Chi­nese state me­dia had re­ported ear­lier that Malaysian em­bassy staff in Py­ongyang were seen burn­ing doc­u­ments and load­ing items onto ve­hi­cles on Tues­day.

Last week, North Korea or­dered Malaysian am­bas­sador Mo­hamad Nizam Mo­hamad to leave the coun­try within 48 hours and an­nounced a tem­po­rary ban on Malaysians leav­ing the coun­try the fol­low­ing day.

Within a few hours of the an­nounce­ment, Malaysia fol­lowed suit by an­nounc­ing that North Kore­ans would not be al­lowed to leave the coun­try.

Malaysia de­clared North Korea’s am­bas­sador, Kang Chol, per­sona non grata on March 4 for be­ing crit­i­cal of the han­dling of the case, and or­dered him to leave within 48 hours.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar con­firmed that the man who was killed at klia2 on Feb 13 was Kim Jong-nam, the es­tranged half brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Khalid said po­lice might hand Jong-nam’s body to the Health Min­istry for the next course of ac­tion as his next of kin had not come for­ward to claim his body.


A man col­lect­ing un­wanted com­puter parts and lap­tops for re­cy­cling out­side the North Korean em­bassy in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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