STILL SMARTING FROM MH370 DISASTER, DEFENSIVE M’SIAN MINISTER INSISTS JONG-NAM’S DEATH ‘NOTHING TO DO WITH LEVEL OF AIRPORT SECURITY’

PUTRAJAYA – Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai today gave his assurance that Malaysian airports are safe in terms of security, in response to the death of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on Monday.

Rubbishing recent reports questioning the safety levels of the country’s airports, Liow maintained that the current security level is good. “It (the death) has nothing to do with airport safety. We have very good airport safety,” he told reporters here at the ministry today. Liow, who declined to comment on the death, said he had no detailed information on the matter as the case is being investigated by the police. “However, I have instructed Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd (MAHB) to cooperate with the police especially in providing them with necessary information like CCTV recordings.” Liow was met after the cabinet meeting here at the ministry.

Reports stated that Jong-nam, on Monday, died after being poisoned by two women, believed to be North Korean operatives, at KLIA2. Police said Jong-Nam was sent to the Putrajaya Hospital from KLIA2 after he had complained of dizziness, prior to boarding a morning flight to Macau.

It was reported that, while waiting for the flight, a woman came from behind and covered his face with a cloth laced with liquid. Jong-nam and Jong-un are both sons of former leader Kim Jong-il, who died in late 2011, but they had different mothers. Jong Nam’s remains arrived at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital from the Putrajaya Hospital at 9.30am for a postmortem examination. A hospital spokesman said the post mortem is expected to be completed today and that an official statement will be issued by the police.

– NST

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