KUALA LUMPUR – North Korea will “pay a heavy price” if it continues to condemn Malaysia over the murder of Kim Jong-Nam.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said North Korean ambassador Kang Chol must respect Malaysia’s judiciary and ethics in carrying out its duty to investigate the high profile murder case.
“If the rebukes keep coming from the relevant embassy, they will pay a heavy price.
“Even though the script was issued by other parties, the ambassador has to respect Malaysia’s judiciary system, ethics, culture and its common practices, and any diplomatic system at the international level must be respected,” Ahmad Zahid said in a press conference after he officiated the Felda Youth Council AGM held at the Seri Pacific hotel here today.
Ahmad Zahid was responding to Kang Chol’s accusations against Malaysia following the murder of Jong-Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
On Feb 23, Barisan Nasional Youth had urged Putrajaya to withdraw from the visa-free agreement with North Korea and reconsider diplomatic ties with the country due to the accusations hurled at Malaysian authorities.
Putrajaya responded by canceling the visa-free agreement, citing public security as a reason.
Ahmad Zahid also said Ri Jong-Chol, the North Korean chemist who was deported earlier today, has been blacklisted and will not be allowed to enter Malaysia again.
“His activities is indirectly connected to this issue (Jong-Nam’s murder) and the evidence is not enough to charge him.
“He is considered as unwanted by Malaysia. He (Jong-Chol) entered this country to work in a particular company but police investigations found that he did not work with the company, instead, his activities here does not reflect what the government wants him to do,” he said.
Ahmad Zahid said Putrajaya has to be firm in its action to deport Jong-Chol back to North Korea as Malaysia does not want to be a “scapegoat” for the hidden agenda of other countries.
“When he is ordered to return back to his country, this shows that we (Malaysia) don’t want people with such elements to be here.
“We have to be firm as we don’t want countries that we have diplomatic ties with to take advantage of us and use Malaysia as a hub for them to commit their hidden agenda,” Ahmad Zahid said.
Meanwhile, he said Malaysian authorities will find other “ways and means” to engage with Jong-Nam’s next of kin to get their DNA sample for identification purposes.