Govt still mulling fate of N. Kore­ans with ex­pired work per­mits, says Zahid

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The gov­ern­ment is still mulling the fate of a group of North Kore­ans whose work per­mits have ex­pired .

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said any ac­tion taken against the North Kore­ans would be done ra­tio­nally in terms of diplo­matic re­la­tions.

It was re­ported that there are about 170 North Kore­ans in Sarawak, mainly spe­cialised work­ers op­er­at­ing in a coal mine and a hy­dro­elec­tric dam project.

“There are 315 of them na­tion­wide, and some are in Sarawak, where their work per­mits have ex­pired.

“I will de­cide whether to con­tinue de­tain­ing or de­port them back to (North) Korea, be­cause their work per­mits have ended.

“We are be­ing ra­tio­nal in mak­ing such de­ci­sions to en­sure the best out­come, in terms of diplo­matic

There are 315 of them na­tion­wide, and some are in Sarawak, where their work per­mits have ex­pired. I will de­cide whether to con­tinue de­tain­ing or de­port them back to (North) Korea, be­cause their work per­mits have ended. DATUK SERI DR AH­MAD ZAHID HAMIDI

Deputy prime min­is­ter

re­la­tions,” Zahid said when met af­ter at­tend­ing the “Stop It! : Child Sex Crimes” sem­i­nar.

The issue of North Korean work­ers came to light fol­low­ing strained ties be­tween Malaysia and North Korea, over the mur­der of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of Kim Jong-un.

Zahid also said while dis­cus­sions on the safety and pos­si­ble re­turn of Malaysians in North Korea were still on­go­ing, Jong-nam’s next of kin have yet to claim his body.

“There has yet to be an of­fi­cial re­quest from the next of kin.

“But, we will con­sult the At­tor­neyGen­eral’s Chambers and use sev­eral ap­proaches to re­turn his body to the next of kin.”

Zahid told news­men that a de­ci­sion on the mat­ter would be made yes­ter­day.

How­ever, as at press time no in­for­ma­tion on his de­ci­sion was re­leased.

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