Don't worry too much about assets, Malaysia-North Korea row, says Hisham

Farhana Syed Nokman

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians need not worry over the heated diplomatic row between the country and North Korea following the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the government is prepared to face any possibilities which may occur due to the tension.

“Don’t think that we are only dependant with our own assets. We have close allies and bilateral relationship with many countries.

"For example, during the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 tragedy, we don't have the assets to find the missing plane, but at that moment, 26 countries had come forward to help us with the search and rescue operations.

“This is our advantage, so don’t worry so much about the assets in our country,” he said.

Hishammuddin further said the issue needed to be viewed with a fair viewpoint.

“Other ongoing international issues was actually more prominent compared to the death of Jong-nam at klia2,” he said at Parliament lobby here today.

Malaysia, on March 4, has declared North Korea's ambassador, Kang Chol, persona non grata for being critical of the former's handling of the case, and ordered the diplomat to leave the country within the next 48 hours.

Following the announcement, North Korea, on Tuesday, had decided to temporarily ban Malaysians from leaving the country.

Malaysia has follow suit by announcing that all North Koreans in the country would not be allowed to leave, within a few hours of the announcement made by Pyongyang.