Subra: Body is still at KLH

New Straits Times - - News -

PU­TRA­JAYA: The body of Kim Jong-nam has not been moved from the Kuala Lumpur Hospi­tal (KLH) mor­tu­ary.

Health Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam said yes­ter­day Jong-nam’s body was un­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Health Min­istry pend­ing ad­vice from the For­eign Min­istry or the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice on the next course of ac­tion.

“The ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween For­eign Min­istry and the North Korean gov­ern­ment are on­go­ing. We need to wait for the re­sults from the dis­cus­sion be­fore we can de­cide what to do with the body,” he said af­ter the Health Min­istry’s Ex­cel­lent Ser­vice Awards cer­e­mony here yes­ter­day.

“There have been spec­u­la­tions on the body’s where­abouts. As far as I know, the body has al­ways been at the KLH mor­tu­ary.”

Dr Subra­ma­niam also de­nied re­ports that the re­mains had been cre­mated. “The min­istry could not do such things with­out get­ting any di­rec­tive from the re­spon­si­ble par­ties. We have been wait­ing for his next of kin for a long time, but un­for­tu­nately, none of them have come for­ward to pro­vide any as­sis­tance,” he said.

When asked how long the min­istry planned to keep the body, he said it would keep the re­mains un­til it found a holis­tic so­lu­tion as it was a sen­si­tive is­sue in­volv­ing other na­tions.

Jong-nam, the es­tranged half­brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was at­tacked on Feb 13 at klia2 while he was about to check in for a flight to Ma­cau.

He was re­ported to have had his face smeared with a sub­stance by two women. Tox­i­col­ogy re­ports in­di­cated that he was at­tacked us­ing VX nerve agent.

He died en route to Pu­tra­jaya Hospi­tal.

Health Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam says Kim Jong­nam’s body will be kept at KLH un­til the min­istry finds a holis­tic so­lu­tion.

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