BANGI— Malaysia will only share evidence related to the death of Kim Jong-nam with the United Nations (UN) after local police have conclusive results from their investigations, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.
The deputy prime minister said the evidence include a DNA test result, forensic evidence, result of chemistry test, and high-definition recording from the closed circuit television (CCTV) at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2.
“These four aspects we can share with international intelligence agencies and can be used by UN bodies after the Royal Malaysia Police have concluded their investigation,” Zahid told reporters after an Islamic Consultative Council event here.
“And the investigation must be conclusive, that involves not only the police but also the Ministry of Health, Department of Chemistry, and the Department of Civil Aviation, especially the Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.”
He said any assistance by Putrajaya will be given through mutual legal assistance and agreement.
Zahid’s remark came after British Permanent Representative to the UN Matthew Rycroft said Malaysia should instead sent any information on the killing to the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
“They must respect the Malaysian system to keep those evidence until prosecution and the court decides that the we have gone through the judicial process, and concluded it through the judicial system that exists in our country,” the home minister added.
Zahid did not give further comments when asked about the Malaysian companies behind an operation run by a North Korean intelligence agency here that sold military radio equipment.
“We have passed that over to the SSM to take action,” he said, using the Malay abbreviation for the Companies Commission of Malaysia.
He also downplayed claims that Malaysia’s goodwill has been sullied by Jong-nam’s death here by foreigners.
“I am not worried that our name is affected. Especially when it is being tarnished by a country that may have committed the act through their agents, and then accused us of collusion through their propaganda system,” Zahid said.
Jong-nam is believed to have been killed with a deadly nerve toxin known as VX that was wiped on his face by two women at Terminal 2 of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport while waiting to fly to Macau.
Two foreign women have been arrested and are expected to be charged at the Sepang magistrate’s court in connection with his death tomorrow. They have been identified as Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 29, and Indonesian citizen Siti Aisyah, 25.
North Korea has since sent a delegation of diplomats to Malaysia to retrieve Jong-nam’s body and to seek the release of a North Korean arrested in the murder.
Malaysian police are still seeking four other North Koreans, including a senior embassy official, for questioning into Jong-nam’s death.