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KULAI – Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar today confirmed that the company, International Golden Services Sdn Bhd, had never dealt in firearms in this country as claimed by certain quarters.
Instead, he said, the company which was a joint venture between North Korea and Malaysia only sold military communication devices known as Glocom.
According to Khalid, although the company had been involved in the Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibitions and conferences in Malaysia three times (in 2012, 2014 and 2016), the company never received any orders for their products.
“The company had never transacted firearms in the country, so the claim is not true.
“It’s only an accusation that they sold and bought firearms, (but) no, they had not sold even one weapon.
“Although they tried to market the military telecommunications equipment, they didn’t even manage to sell those, so this is my explanation on the North Korean company,” said Khalid.
The company, registered in mid-2012, was closed down on March 15, this year after an application was made to the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister on the matter following the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged elder brother of North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un.
According to Khalid, a winding down application for the company had been made by the Malaysian shareholders of the company in 2015, however, it was not signed by the North Korean shareholders at the time. – BERNAMA
KULAI – The police have no leads to the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo, confirmed Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
He repeated his advice to the public against over-generating publicity for the case to enable the police to conduct their investigation smoothly.
“Too much speculation in the media could endanger the victim. I am worried, because our investigation is in a stalemate as we don’t have further information on the missing pastor. I believe it is due to too much publicity.
“To the media, individuals and NGO who want to get involved in kidnap cases, shut your bloody mouth; you are putting the victim at a high degree of danger,” he told reporters here today, on the abduction of Pastor Koh on Feb 13.
On the case involving a 31-year-old part-time Uber driver who was charged with demanding RM30,000 from Koh’s son, Jonathan, at Paradigm Mall at 9.46pm on March 6, Khalid said the man was not involved in the pastor’s abduction.
“The people who abducted Pastor Raymond are obviously very meticulous and when people keep blabbering till the whole world knows, we can’t tell what has become of him.
There’s no lead now. I’m with the family. We are worried too,” he added.
Of another kidnap case involving a housewife, he said Malaysian police with the help of Indonesian and Singaporean authorities managed to rescue the victim.
“Yesterday morning we rescued a housewife who was kidnapped 27 days ago in Johor Bahru. We have returned her safe and sound to her family,” he said.
He revealed six individuals had been detained in Batam and 12 others, in Johor Bahru in connection with the case. The suspects have been remanded for seven days from today.
“We will discuss with the Attorney-General with regard to the suspects who were detained by Indonesian authorities in Batam,” he said.
The victim was abducted from her home around 3.30am and brought to Batam before being confined in a house at a farm there.
“In this case, the criminals did not contact the family for almost two weeks. This is where it is important and crucial for the family to cooperate with police, without drawing too much public attention to it.
“Alhamdulillah, it ended successfully,” he noted.
On the possible involvement of the housemaid in the case, Khalid said the element was being investigated. – BERNAMA
KUALA LUMPUR – Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has confirmed that the North Korean citizen murdered at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) on Feb 13 whose passport named him as Kim Chol, is actually Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of the republic’s leader Kim Jong-un.
However, he declined to explain how the identity verification on the body was done so as to protect the safety of witnesses.
“I will not give further explanation on how it (the verification) was done. For the sake of the witnesses, I will not give any explanation.
“So, now we have done our investigation on the deceased,” he told reporters after closing a ceremony to mark the modern police station pilot project at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail Police Station here today.
Khalid said police would hand over Jong-nam’s body to the Health Ministry for the next course of action as no next-of-kin has come to claim his body so far. – BERNAMA
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KUALA LUMPUR – The police have issued a warrant of arrest for an employee of the North Korean airline Air Koryo to assist in the investigation into the murder of a North Korean in Malaysia on Feb 13.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, in a WhatsApp message to Bernama, said the warrant was issued against Kim Uk-il, 37, to assist in the probe into the killing of Kim Chol.
It has been established that Kim Chol was actually Kim Jong-nam, the estranged elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Khalid said the police had also sent a request through the Foreign Ministry seeking the cooperation of Hyon Kwang-song, second secretary at the North Korean embassy here, to assist in the investigation as well.
Replying to a question, he said the letter sent via Wisma Putra had been delivered to the embassy.
Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar
KUALA LUMPUR – The police are prepared to share with the United Nations information pertaining to the VX nerve agent that caused the death of North Korean Kim Jong-nam in Malaysia, provided the Foreign Ministry gives permission, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
He said the police welcomed the proposal for Malaysian police to assist in the matter.
“We are prepared to share information with the UN if Wisma Putra allows us to do so,” he said when contacted by Bernama today.
Khalid was asked to comment on the reported call by Britain for Malaysia to share information on the lethal VX nerve agent with the UN for the world body to take action against North Korea.
British Ambassador to the UN Matthew Rycroft told journalists at the UN that information on the Feb 13 attack at KL International Airport 2 that killed Jong-nam should be sent to the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Asked whether the police were prepared to accept assistance from the UN in the investigation into Jong-nam’s murder, Khalid said the police would consider the form of assistance before making a decision.
“Let’s see what kind of assistance is offered,” he said.
Khalid had said that the VX nerve agent was used in the murder of Jong-nam.
Jong-nam 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
SEPANG – Police will cooperate with the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) to check all the locations visited by the suspects in the murder case of Kim Jong-nam in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) on Feb 13.
Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the collaboration was due to the possibility of radioactive waste from the use of the chemical ‘Ethyl S-2-Diisopropylaminoethyl Methylphonothiolate or VX nerve agent as a chemical weapon.
Previously a preliminary analysis by the Malaysian Chemistry Department revealed the VX nerve agent that was associated with the death of Jong-nam, elder half-brother of North Korean Kim Jong-un.
“We will get the AELB forensic experts to go to the locations to sweep and to see whether the radioactive waste is still there,” he told reporters today at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) before leaving for Makkah to perform the ‘umrah’ (minor Haj).
This is the second time the media bumped into Khalid at KLIA. Prior to that about 150 local and international media personnel had attended a media conference by the Immigration Department, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) and Airlines Operating Committee on efforts to reduce waiting time at the airports with the hope of getting the latest updates on Jong-nam’s murder.
Jong-nam was at the KL International Airport 2 (klia2) at 8am on Feb 13 to board a flight to Macau when an hour later two women suddenly appeared before him and wiped his face with the palms of their hands which contained a poisonous liquid.
Jong-nam, who had come to Malaysia on Feb 6 and carried a passport bearing the name Kim Chol, died on the way to the Putrajaya Hospital.
Following Jong-nam’s murder, the police have arrested four people – two women, one holding an Indonesian passport and the other a Vietnamese passport; and two men, one a Malaysian and the other a North Korean.
The Malaysian has been released on police bail.
Asked if whether the female suspects in the murder of Jong-nam had any effect from the chemical used, Khalid said one of them suffered from vomiting. – BERNAMA
KUALA LUMPUR – One of the two suspects wanted by the police for investigation into the death of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last Monday has been identified as the Second Secretary at the North Korean Embassy in Malaysia.
The person is identified as Hyon Kwang-song, 44, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
He said the other suspect is an employee of North Korean airline Koryo Air identified as Kim Uk-il, 37.
He said both the suspects are believed to be still in the country.
“I have requested the two suspects to come forward to assist in the investigation, failing which police will issue a warrant for their arrest,” he told a media conference at Bukit Aman today.
On the third suspect, identified at Ri Ji-u, 30, also known as James, Khalid said the police had yet to ascertain his profession.
“I believe all the three suspects are still in the country and we are tracking them down,” he added.
On the four North Korean suspects who fled the country on the day Kim Jong-nam was attacked, he said police could not ascertain if they were the mastermind, but believed they were actively involved in the murder case.
“I received information that they have returned to Pyongyang.
“As such, the police will request the cooperation of the North Korean authorities to hand over the four suspects to us for investigation,” he said.
Khalid said it was necessary that the North Korean authorities cooperate and allow the Malaysian police to question the four suspects to complete investigation on the case.
On Feb 13, Jong-nam was at the KL International Airport 2 (klia2) at about 8am, waiting for his flight to Macau, when a woman suddenly covered his face with a cloth laced with what is believed to be poison.
Jong-nam, who arrived in Malaysia from Macau on Feb 6, sought help at a customer service counter and was rushed to the Putrajaya Hospital, but died on the way. – BERNAMA
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KUALA LUMPUR – Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar today confirmed that another woman was detained in connection with the death of a North Korean man by the name of Kim Chol.
An official statement on the arrest would be issued later today, he said when contacted by Bernama.
Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim, when contacted, said police were expected to make several more arrests following the arrest of the first suspect, a female, at the KL International Airport 2 yesterday.
The woman was in possession of a Socialist Republic of Vietnam travel document bearing the name of ‘Doan Thi Huong’, aged 29.
Last Monday, Kim Chol was reportedly at klia2 at 8am to board a flight to Macau an hour later.
Kim Chol reportedly died on the way to hospital.
Foreign media had reported that Kim Chol was actually Kim Jong-nam, an elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. – BERNAMA
Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar
KUALA LUMPUR – Stern action will be taken against members of the public who obstructed civil servants, especially women, from discharging their duties, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar today.
He advised the public against bullying women enforcement personnel as action would be taken against anyone doing so.
He was commenting an incident where two individuals were caught on camera, which went viral on the social media since yesterday, obstructing two female enforcement personnel of the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) from discharging their duties in Bukit Rahman Putra, Sungai Buloh.
“The action clearly shows (them) obstructing civil servants from carrying their duties, and also contains element of sexual assault,” he added.
In a related development, Sungai Buloh district police chief Supt Dr Abdul Aziz Awang Darus said police had received a report on the incident.
“Both the suspects were detained yesterday and taken to the Sungai Buloh police headquarters for further action.
Abdul Aziz Awang said the suspects were brought to the court today and charged under Section 353 of the Penal Code for using criminal force to deter the public servants from discharging their duties. – BERNAMA
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KUALA LUMPUR – More than 50 Malaysians with the Daesh militant group in Syria and Iraq wish to return to Malaysia but fear death at the hands of fellow militants, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
“They have pledged to serve Daesh and face death at the hands of fellow militants if they leave the group.
“If they want to return to Malaysia, they must find their own way out. They are trapped. If there is a way, we will help because they are citizens of this country,” he said.
Khalid spoke to reporters after delivering a talk on ‘National Security’ to about 700 students and staff of the International Islamic University of Malaysia in Gombak today.
He said some of the Malaysians had torn up and burned their passports when they joined Daesh.
Khalid also said that those who return to Malaysia after leaving Daesh in Syria and Iraq would not be exempted from penalty under Malaysian law.
He said about 60 Malaysians were believed to have joined Daesh in Syria.
“Fourteen of them were suicide bombers who reportedly died in Syria,” he said.
He also said that 260 Daesh members had been arrested and were serving out their sentence.
IIUM president and socio-cultural advisor to the government Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim and IIUM rector Prof Datuk Seri Dr Zaleha Kamarudin also attended the talk. – BERNAMA
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