Free­dom for M’sians, Kim’s body re­leased

9 Malaysians al­lowed to leave North Korea, Jong-nam’s body re­turned af­ter au­topsy

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE -

KUALA LUMPUR: Nine Malaysian ci­ti­zens barred from leav­ing North Korea have now been al­lowed to re­turn to Malaysia, ac­cord­ing to Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak.

He said they took of f from Py­ongyang yes­ter­day at 7.45 pm Malaysian time and would land in Kuala Lumpur to­day at around 5 am.

“I would like to thank those in the Malaysian govern­ment in­volved in the ne­go­ti­a­tions, led by our Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs,” he said in a state­ment last night.

Na­jib said he had deep per­sonal con­cern about the mat­ter and that Malaysia had worked in­ten­sively be­hind the scenes to achieve this suc­cess­ful out­come.

“Many cha l lenge s wer e over­come to en­sure the re­turn of our fel­low Malaysians. The safety and se­cu­rity of our ci­ti­zens will al­ways be my first pri­or­ity,” he said.

Fol­low­ing the de­vel­op­ment, the prime min­is­ter said Malaysia has now al­lowed North Korean ci­ti­zens in Malaysia to leave the coun­try.

“In ad­di­tion, fol low­ing the com­ple­tion of the au­topsy on the de­ceased and re­ceipt of a let­ter from his fam­ily re­quest­ing the re­mains be re­turned to North Korea, the coroner has ap­proved the re­lease of the body,” he said.

Na­jib said the govern­ment be­lieved strongly in the prin­ci­ples of jus­tice and sovereignty.

“Our police in­ves­ti­ga­tion into this se­ri­ous crime on Malaysian soil will con­tinue. I have in­structed for all pos­si­ble mea­sures to be taken to bring those re­spon­si­ble for this mur­der to jus­tice,” he said.

Na­jib said as the Prime Min­is­ter, he was grate­ful that all Malaysians had united to over­come this cri­sis in the spirit of Ne­garaku.

“It shows what can be achieved for the na­tion if we work to­gether as one,” he added.

The safety and se­cu­rity of our ci­ti­zens will al­ways be my first pri­or­ity. Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak, Prime Min­is­ter

The ten­sion be­tween Malaysia and North Korea arose in the wake of the mur­der of Kim Jong-nam, el­der half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in Malaysia on Feb 13.

The diplo­matic spat erupted af­ter North Korean Am­bas­sador to Malaysia Kang Chol made base­less al­le­ga­tions against Malaysia over the han­dling of the case, re­sult­ing in Malaysia declar­ing him per­sona non grata. The am­bas­sador left Kuala Lumpur on March 6.

North Korea re­tal­i­ated by ex­pelling Malaysian Am­bas­sador in Py­ongyang. On March 7, North Korea pro­hib­ited Malaysians in that coun­try from leav­ing North Korea and Malaysia also took sim­i­lar ac­tion against North Kore­ans in this coun­try. — Ber­nama

Na­jib (third left) hugs Ridzuan’s daugh­ter, Nori­wati af­ter meet­ing the fam­ily at his of­fi­cial res­i­dence in Ta­man Duta, Kuala Lumpur. — Ber­nama photo

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