Public urged to ex­er­cise cau­tion over un­sub­stan­ti­ated for­eign me­dia re­ports

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KUALA LUMPUR: The In­spec­torGen­eral of Police has urged the public to be cau­tious and not eas­ily be­lieve any re­port per­tain­ing to the death last month of Kim Jong­nam, the es­tranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jongun.

his ap­plied to es­pe­cially, those re­ports not backed by au­then­tic sources, in­clud­ing spec­u­la­tion by the for­eign me­dia, said Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

He said such re­ports could only harm and cause un­rest among the peo­ple of the coun­try, or pos­si­bly in­ter­fere with the govern­ment’s ef­forts to end the is­sue which had dragged for more than six weeks.

“I urge the public to lis­ten only to, and get the lat­est up­dates on the Jong-nam (as­sas­si­na­tion) case through lo­cal news agen­cies.

“They (for­eign me­dia) do not have a ‘sense of be­long­ing to the coun­try’...which is why they can re­port any­thing on this is­sue which leads to spec­u­la­tion and (the re­ports) can­not be trusted,” he said.

Khalid said this when met by Ber­nama at the clos­ing of a fire safety train­ing at the fed­eral police head­quar­ters in Bukit Aman here yes­ter­day.

He said the au­thor­i­ties were con­cerned that ir­re­spon­si­ble re­ports could af­fect the ne­go­ti­a­tion process by the Malaysian Govern­ment cur­rently in progress.

“I will not give any state­ment re­gard­ing Jong-nam, and the me­dia is asked to wait for the in­for­ma­tion on the de­vel­op­ment of this is­sue, which will be soon.

“This is be­cause the ne­go­ti­a­tion process by the govern­ment in­volves the lives of our peo­ple there (North Korea) so any re­port on this is­sue is very sen­si­tive,” he added.

There are cur­rently three Malaysian di­plo­mats and six of their fam­ily mem­bers still stuck in Py­ongyang. — Ber­nama

Khalid (right) shows his skill dur­ing the fire safety train­ing pro­gramme at the fed­eral police head­quar­ters. — Ber­nama photo

A van be­lieved to be car­ry­ing Jong-nam’s body ar­riv­ing at the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port (KLIA) Cus­toms check­point yes­ter­day. — Ber­nama photo

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