GEORGE TOWN: The Health Ministry is still waiting for Kim Jong-nam’s health or dental records to confirm his identity.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya (pic) said his ministry would be able to process the information quickly once it is able to obtain the documents.
“We (the Health Ministry) are on the receiving end of the investigation. As of now we have to wait for the Home Ministry and Foreign Ministry to obtain the necessary records.
“It can either be health or dental records,” he said at a press conference after the launching of the state level Malaysian Maritime volunteer reserve force at KD Sri Pinang in Jalan Akuarium on Saturday.
Hilmi said that the country’s forensics team is one of the best in the world and would be able to confirm the deceased’s identity once it had access to the records.
Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was at the KL International Airport 2 at 8am on Feb 13 to board a flight to Macau when he was attacked by two women who smeared his face with VX nerve agent, a chemical classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction.
Jong-nam, who had come to Malaysia on Feb 6 and carried a passport bearing the name Kim Chol, died on the way to the Putrajaya Hospital.
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MEANWHILE, Bukit Aman has rubbished claims that photos of Kim Jong-nam can be used to identify the body of the murdered North Korean.
Foreign and local media had reported that strong evidence in the form of tattoos on Jong-nam’s body would enable the authorities to establish direct links between him and the body in the Hospital Kuala Lumpur morgue.
“We will not be using photos to identify the body,” said Khalid yesterday, adding that a DNA comparison would be more conclusive.
Although foreign and local press have reported that Jong-nam was murdered, police can only say that the body is that of a North Korean who has a passport in the name of Kim Chol.
The man was murdered on the eve of Valentine’s Day at KLIA2, allegedly with VX nerve agent.
Two women, Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian Siti Aisyah, have been charged with the murder.
North Korea’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Ri Tong-il, claimed “Kim Chol” died of a heart attack.