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