BN Youth urge Malaysia to review diplomatic ties with North Korea

BN youth have asked the Malaysian government to reconsider the visa-free arrangement with North Korea.
BN youth have asked the Malaysian government to reconsider the visa-free arrangement with North Korea.ST PHOTO: TRINNA LEONG

KUALA LUMPUR – The  Youth wing of Malaysia’s ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition on Thursday (Feb 23) urged the Malaysian goverment to review its diplomatic ties with North Korea over  what it said were   recent disrespectful comments   made by the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur that also questioned Malaysian rule of law, Bernama reported. 

Its deputy chairman, Khairul Azwan Harun said the group’s  demand demonstrated the deep anger and dissatisfaction felt by Malaysians when the country’s own law was questioned by a foreign party.

According to him, it was evident that the North Korean Embassy in Malaysia had blatantly and undiplomatically defamed Malaysia.

“The numerous statements released (by North Korea) contain serious and unfounded defamatory accusations to the effect of painting our rule of law as susceptible to foreign interventions, manipulations and incapable of delivering a right and fair result,” it said. 

“Malaysia, as a sovereign state will never tolerate any act of intrusions and disrespect towards our institution, leadership and the people of Malaysia,”he told reporters after handing over a two-page note of protest to the embassy’s representative in Kuala Lumpur  on Thursday (Feb 23).

Khairul Azwan also urged the Malaysian government to withdraw from the visa-free agreement with North Korea.

“Notwithstanding, we wish to remind the Embassy of North Korea that both our countries have benefited from bilateral diplomatic and economic relations,” he added.

Tensions between Malaysia and North Korea have  been on the rise since the probe into the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The North Korean Ambassador, Kang Chol, had continuously condemned the Malaysian government and the investigation by the Malaysian police.

He claimed the police had only targeted and pinned the suspicion on North Korean citizens and accused Malaysia of colluding with South Korea.

Kim Jong Nam was at KL International Airport 2  on Feb 13 to board a flight to Macau when he was attacked by two women who  smeared his face  with a poisonous liquid. He was  rushed to hospital  but died on the way.