Health Min­istry will ad­here to in­struc­tions from fam­ily mem­bers

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Min­istry will ad­here to in­struc­tions from Kim Jong-nam’s fam­ily mem­bers on how to man­age his re­mains.

Its min­is­ter, Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam, said his of­fi­cers would fol­low the fam­ily’s in­struc­tions if the po­lice felt they were “suf­fi­cient” and “le­gal”.

“The (fi­nal) de­ci­sion has to come from po­lice be­cause this is a medico-le­gal case, so we will fol­low what­ever de­ci­sion is made,” he told re­porters at the Par­lia­ment lobby here yesterday.

Dr Subra­ma­niam said his min­istry wanted Jong-nam’s next of kin, in fol­low­ing nor­mal pro­ce­dure, to claim the body.

“But if they have given i nstruc­tions to po­lice on how to man­age the body... and po­lice give us in­struc­tions on what to do, then we will fol­low those tions.”

Dr Subra­ma­niam said it was the right of the de­ceased’s next of kin to de­cide what should be done with the body.

Ear­lier, Deputy In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim had said Jong-nam’s fam­ily had ex­pressed their wishes for the Malaysian gov­ern­ment to man­age his re­mains.

He had also said po­lice had sur­ren­dered cus­tody of the body to the Health Min­istry.

On Wed­nes­day, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi had said Jong­nam’s iden­tity had been con­firmed based on DNA sam­ple com­par­isons with one of his chil­dren.

Zahid had said this in re­fut­ing a re­cent de­nial by Py­onyang’s per­ma­nent en­voy to the United Na­tions that the body ly­ing in the Kuala Lumpur Hos­pi­tal mor­tu­ary was not Jong-nam.

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Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam

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