Health Ministry will adhere to instructions from family members
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.
Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam