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KOTA KINABALU – The Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) may consider asking the Philippine Government to extradite some members of the Abu Sayyaf militant group to face charges of kidnapping in Malaysia, says Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

He said the RMP had issued warrants of arrest against several members of the militant group and it was understood that some of those wanted by Malaysia were now in the custody of the Philippine authorities.

“There are some Abu Sayyaf leaders for whom arrest warrants had been issued by us. Some of them were arrested by the Philippine authorities while several others surrendered (to the Philippine authorities),” he told reporters after delivering the keynote address at the [email protected] Programme in Universiti Malaysia Sabah here today.

On the security situation in Sabah’s east coast, Khalid said it was under control following proactive measures taken by Malaysia and the Philippines in combating cross-border crime.

“We will keep up the pressure by increasing the presence of security forces at the border to ensure that no one tries to infiltrate our country.

“We also expect aggressive action by the Philippine authorities, and we constantly work with them, especially in terms of providing information,” he added.

In another development, Khalid said the police had appealed to the Sabah Government to ban the Milah Abraham group from carrying out activities in the state as it could affect the Muslim faith.

“For now, the police cannot arrest any follower of Milah Abraham in Sabah as the state government has not banned the cult group,” he said, adding that the police had requested that the group be banned in all states via the Malaysian Islamic Development Department.- BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) will only carry out investigation on two Malaysians detained by the Jakarta Immigration authorities in Indonesia on Monday on suspicion of trafficking in drugs after obtaining strong evidence from the Indonesian authorities.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said both Malaysians namely Mohamad Shafa Ahmad, 29, and Kamarol Arifin Mohamad Darus, 27, could face legal action in Indonesia.

“For the moment, we leave the investigation on the case to the Indonesian authorities.

“Furthermore, they will also face charges there (in Jakarta) and if it’s true that they were carrying it (drugs), then they will have to face the consequences,” he said.

He disclosed this to reporters after attending the PDRM monthly assembly at the Bukit Aman level, here today.

Earlier, Mohamad Shafa and Kamarol Arifin who were working as despatch rider and factory technician respectively, were reported missing after arriving in Jakarta on an AirAsia flight at 2 pm on March 29 from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2).

The two good friends who were from Kampung Sijangkang, Teluk Panglima Garang, Selangor were reported to be going to Jakarta to attend the Dj Armin Van Buren at the Jakarta International Expo.

The mystery of their disappearance was eventually resolved when both of them were eventually found in a police station lockup here after the authorities discovered what were believed to be several pills of synthetic drugs through a body check on them.

In another development, Khalid said the crime index for the first quarter of this year declined 15.8 per cent compared with the corresponding period of last year.

He said it represented a good beginning for the PDRM to achieve success in curbing crime in the country this year.

In addition, Khalid said the police had detained 345 suspects alleged to be involved in secret society activities between January and March compared with 152 suspects detained during the corresponding period last year.

“This reflected that secret society activities had risen by 127 per cent and all out efforts must be carried out to eliminate them,” he told reporters after attending the PDRM monthly assembly at Bukit Aman, here today.

Meanwhile, 275 suspects were detained for crimes relating to human trafficking from January to March this year, an increase of 50 suspects compared to the corresponding period of last year.

In addition, car theft and housebreaking cases had also declined with 23 housebreaking gangs and 58 car theft gangs being crippled. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Police have received 20 reports on the caricature on PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia published by the Chinese language news portal Nanyang Siang Pau.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar the case was still under investigation by the police.

“I wish to advise everyone including media friends that we must be sensitive on such issues in the country.

“Our country is a multi-racial and multi-religious nation…As such, do not do anything or make any form of drawing and writing that can cause fear to the community.

“As for Nanyang Siang Pau, they must be wary in conveying their news after this,” he told reporters after attending the police monthly assembly at the Bukit Aman level, here today.

Yesterday, the Home Affairs Ministry (KDN) said in a statement that it would summon the editor-in-chief of the Nanyang Siang Pau Sdn Bhd daily following the issue.

KDN Secretary-General Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim said a show-cause letter had been issued to the Chinese-language daily under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

Last Saturday, the newspaper had published a cartoon in its portal, portraying a monkey wearing a ‘songkok’ (Malay headgear) and labelling it as the Speaker while another monkey wore a turban and labelled as Hadi Awang.

Both monkeys were portrayed as sitting on a tree branch which was labelled as ‘Act 355’.- BERNAMA

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

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.

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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