PUTRAJAYA – Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman today reminded North Korea’s envoy Kang Chol of the importance of enjoying Malaysian government confidence while serving in the country.
“As the ambassador to Malaysia, he must realise that he must enjoy the confidence of the Government of Malaysia.
“I hope you understand what I mean by you must enjoy the confidence of the government,” said Anifah after briefing journalists today on the forthcoming state visit of King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia to Malaysia.
Referring to the Kim Jong-nam murder, Anifah said the police investigation into the case was ongoing and they should be allowed to focus fully on finding the cause of death and those responsible for the killing.
Anifah said that at this juncture, Malaysia did not see the need to dignify Kang Chol’s statements and accusations against the Malaysian government.
“The entire world knows that the investigation has been objective, impartial and transparent,” said Anifah.
He said Kang Chol had been informed of the investigation process involved but the envoy continued to be “delusional and spewed lies and accusations against the Government of Malaysia”.
Anifah pointed out that Malaysia’s foreign policy had always been on maintaining friendly relations with countries.
“However, this friendly posture and relations must be really reciprocated,” he said.
Anifah said that as a responsible country, Malaysia had always carried out its international obligations based on international law and established diplomatic practice.
“The (North Korean) ambassador must understand and realise the intent and the feelings of not only the government but also the people of Malaysia,” he said.
Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was at the KL International Airport 2 (klia2) at 8am on Feb 13 to board a flight to Macau an hour later when two women suddenly appeared before him and wiped his face with the palms of their hands which contained a poisonous liquid.
Jong-nam sought help at a customer service counter at the airport and was rushed to the Putrajaya Hospital but died on the way.
He had come to Malaysia on Feb 6 and carried a passport bearing the name Kim Chol. – BERNAMA