Don’t stereo­type North Kore­ans, says Nazri

New Straits Times - - News | Story Of The Day - KUALA LUMPUR:

Malaysians should not stereo­type North Korean cit­i­zens just be­cause of their leader, said Tourism and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Nazri Ab­dul Aziz.

Nazri said four North Kore­ans se­cured homes un­der the Malaysia My Sec­ond Home (MM2H) pro­gramme in 2013 and 2014.

“We should not be pro­fil­ing them. I be­lieve our se­cu­rity is tight and I be­lieve the gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to mon­i­tor them,” he said at Par­lia­ment lobby here yes­ter­day.

Nazri said the min­istry would con­tinue to eval­u­ate ap­pli­ca­tions from North Kore­ans for the MM2H pro­gramme.

“We will eval­u­ate un­til we re­ceive in­struc­tions from the Home Min­istry to stop.”

He said MM2H ap­pli­cants must ful­fil spe­cific re­quire­ments be­fore they were el­i­gi­ble un­der the pro­gramme.

“They must own a prop­erty here and have a fixed monthly in­come to qual­ify.”

On March 4, Malaysia de­clared North Korean am­bas­sador Kang Chol per­sona non grata for be­ing crit­i­cal of the na­tion’s han­dling of the case, and or­dered the diplo­mat to leave the coun­try within 48 hours.

Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment, North Korea de­cided to tem­po­rar­ily ban Malaysians from leav­ing the coun­try.

Malaysia fol­lowed suit by an­nounc­ing that North Kore­ans in the coun­try would not be al­lowed to leave, shortly af­ter the an­nounce­ment made by Py­ongyang.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Malaysia and North Korea are on­go­ing to re­solve is­sues over Kim Jong­nam’s body and to se­cure the re­lease of their cit­i­zens.

Jong-nam, the es­tranged half­brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was as­sas­si­nated at klia2 on Feb 13.


Tourism and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Nazri Ab­dul Aziz (sec­ond from right) with op­po­si­tion mem­bers of par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

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