DPM: Malaysia independent, didn’t involve other countries in Jong-nam probe

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today the government had failed in their war on drugs, as the number of users and addicts have continuously increased in recent years. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 6 — Malaysia's investigation into the murder of Kim Jong-nam is independent and not influenced by other countries, the deputy prime minister said today.

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi explained that Malaysia was capable of conducting its own probe into the death of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, even though a few nations had offered to help Malaysia.

"We have not involved any other countries despite there being offers from them to help us. We feel that we are professional enough and have enough resources to conduct the search," he told reporters when met at the Parliament lobby today.

The home minister also said that Malaysia's decision to declare North Korean ambassador Kang Chol 'persona non grata' and to expel him from the county was done according to diplomatic laws.

"There is no hidden agenda behind our action. Instead, steps taken to investigate are being done professionally," Ahmad Zahid said.

He explained that the ambassador should have apologised to Malaysia and retracted his statements instead of blaming the country for "allegedly manipulating the case".

"He (ambassador) instead has attacked us; that has developed a different perception on the country," Ahmad Zahid said.

North Korea had previously accused Malaysia of cooperating with the South Korean government to blame the country for Kim's death.

They also alleged that he had died of a heart attack, dismissing claims by Malaysian police that the VX nerve agent was used to kill Kim.