‘Malaysia has been fair, rea­son­able’

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian gov­ern­ment has been very fair and rea­son­able in han­dling the is­sues sur­round­ing the mur­der of North Korean Kim Jong-nam, said Speaker of the South Korean National Assem­bly Chung Sye-kyun.

He ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the Malaysian gov­ern­ment would re­main fair and rea­son­able in their stand.

“What is im­por­tant is that the Malaysian peo­ple in North Korea re­turn safely. That should hap­pen soon,” he said af­ter meet­ing De­wan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mu­lia here yes­ter­day.

Chung said this when asked to com­ment on how South Korean law­mak­ers viewed the Malaysian gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sions with re­gard to Jong-nam’s case.

Chung also said he had a fruit­ful con­ver­sa­tion with Pandikar and Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak.

“We talked about co­op­er­a­tion in economics and in other fields. We also spoke on the High-Speed Rail. We ex­pressed our in­ter­est and ca­pa­bil­i­ties in the project.”

Chung later paid a cour­tesy call on De­wan Ne­gara pres­i­dent Datuk S.A. Vigneswaran, where both spent an hour on dis­cus­sions.

Vigneswaran said the meet­ing cen­tred on forg­ing closer ties be­tween the two coun­tries.

He also said that South Korea’s present leg­isla­tive sys­tem was not like Malaysia, where it only had one house. Vigneswaran said back in the 1990s, South Korea had two sys­tems, but fol­low­ing a coup d’état by the army, they abol­ished it.

“They have dis­cus­sions and plans to have two houses like us,” he said.

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