BANGI – The government is expected to make a decision soon on the case of Kim
Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korean leader soon, said Health Minister Datuk
Seri Dr S.Subramaniam.
He said discussions were still underway with various parties including Wisma
Putra (Malaysian Foreign Minitry), the Prime Minister’s Department and the North
“I think we will be making an announcement very very soon, maybe as early as
today on what is the decision of the government.
“I have been told they have made some decision but am confident that an
announcement will be made very soon. The announcement can come as early as even
today,” he said after officiating construction of a new building at SJK (T)
Bangi here today.
Asked if Jong-nam’s remains would be sent back to North Korea, Dr
Subramaniam said: “I don’t know as I was told a decision will be made soon. Most
likely, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will make the announcement.
He said that whatever the decision may be, the fact and consequences
surrounding his murder remained that the Health Ministry will abide by it.
On this note, Dr Subramaniam said the fact remained that the North Korean
came to Malaysia and died of nerve poisoning and his death had been proven by
the toxicology and autopsy report.
“We are consistent and definite with the findings. The case involving the
Indonesian and Vietnam women (who were charged with murdering Jong-Nam) will
continue,” he said.
Dr Subramaniam added that plenty of opportunity had been given to the next-
of-kin to claim Jong-nam’s remains and if they do not turn up, the government
will have to make a decision.
A Japanese media outlet had reported that some North Korean officials were
in Kuala Lumpur to hold talks with the Malaysian government in relation to
Last Feb 13, Kim Jong-nam was murdered at Kuala Lumpur International Airport
2 (klia2) while waiting to take a flight to Macau.
He was approached by two foreign women who wiped the VX nerve agent on his
face. Jong-nam who was using a passport bearing the name Kim Chol, died while
being taken to Putrajaya Hospital.