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Envoy's remark an insult to Malaysia: Anifah

  • Ambassador Kang holding an impromptu press conference outside the embassy. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 (Sin Chew Daily) -- North Korean Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol, who has been summoned by Wisma Putra, made another allegation today that Malaysia and South Korea were colluding with a political motive.

Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said in a press statement that the allegation was "a serious insult" to Malaysia as investigation into the murder of Kim Jong-nam had been carried out in accordance with the law in Malaysia.

Anifah said Kang Chol's press statement carried several allegations. These allegations were "culled from delusions, lies and half-truths" from which the ambassador concluded that "there could be someone else's hand behind the investigation", and that the "investigation by the Malaysian police is not for the clarification of the cause of the death and search of the suspect, but it is out of the political aim".

"When Foreign Affairs Ministrry summoned Kang, the Deputy Secretary-General for Bilateral Affairs emphasized that the police investigation had been done impartially without fear or favor. It was also conducted in compliance with Malaysian laws and regulations. Any allegation to the contrary is deeply insulting to Malaysia as the suggestion is that the Malaysian Government is colluding with a foreign government.

He said the police investigation hads been based on all leads available, including leads which go beyond, or not related to, the information provided by embassies and other entities.

"In all civilized nations, it is the norm for cases such as these to be comprehensively investigated. It is the responsibility of the government to do so. The public also rightly demand it. It is for this reason that information has been made public as and when needed,'' he said.

He said another norm would be for the embassies to cooperate with the government to ensure that thorough and comprehensive investigation could be carried out, instead of doubting the investigation.

Foreign Ministry summoned Kang earlier today for accusing the Malaysian government of "concealing information" after Kim Jong-nam's death. Malaysia would be recalling its envoy in Pyongyang, Mohamad Nizam Mohamad to return home for consultation.

Kang Chol, in an impromptu press conference held outside the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, accused Malaysia for a second time.

He said the Malaysian police had confirmed the identity of Kim Jong-nam based on information supplied by South Korea and requested the deceased family for DNA as a condition to claim the body in a bid to prevent North Korea from claiming the body.

Kang has called for a joint investigation.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim has rejected the joint investigation request by Kang, saying the Malaysian police were able to complete the investigation without North Korea's help.

Kang said despite the claim by both Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid that the deceased was the half-brother of North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un, North Korea has never acknowledged that the deceased was Kim Jong-nam.

"The deceased was carrying a diplomatic passport. He collapsed due to heart ailment and died on the way to the hospital."

He said the embassy had confirmed the death of a North Korean citizen by the name of Kim Chol as shown in his passport. "The Malaysian police have yet to determine the cause of his death and do not have any criminal evidence of the suspects in this case."

He said the deceased was not an ordinary citizen as he held a diplomatic passport.

He said seven days after the incident that there was still no proof of the actual cause of the death. He also said North Korea did not trust the investigation by the Malaysian police as the investigation could have been controlled by someone from behind.

"Some claimed that the suspects were instructed to carry out the assassination. We hope they can tell us who gave them the instruction. Until now, the embassy respects the Malaysian police and is waiting for a fair and objective outcome of the investigation. Instead, the police are suspecting us and turn the investigation on us."

Kang said there were rumors circulating with the objective of tarnishing the image of North Korea. The Malaysian police would have to shoulder full responsibility for this.

"We condemn the Malaysian authorities for violating human rights by carrying out post-mortem on the deceased."


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