JAKARTA – About 100 staff of the Malaysian Embassy in Indonesia, here, and their family members performed the “solat hajat” (special prayer) to pray for the wellbeing of Malaysia in facing the strained diplomatic relations with North Korea.
Malaysian Ambassador in Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim and his deputy, Zamshari Shaharan, also joined the congregation in the prayer, as well as the tahlil and Yassin reading, led by the religious attache at the embassy, Abang Zainal Abidin Abang Ariffin.
The event, held at the As-Salam Mosque in the embassy complex, ended with the reading of a special prayer for the safety of 11 Malaysians, including three officers of the Malaysian Embassy in Pyongyang, who are currently stranded there after the North Korean government banned all Malaysian citizens from leaving the republic.
The ban came about after Malaysia declared North Korean ambassador Kang Chol as persona non grata, leading to his expulsion from the country.
The Malaysia-North Korea ties, reported to be cordial prior to this, soured following the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at the KL International Airport 2 (klia2) on Feb 13.
Jong-nam’s death was confirmed as being due to poisoning by two foreign women using the VX nerve agent which was daubed on the victim’s face. – BERNAMA