Health Ministry will abide by instructions on managing Jong-nam's remains


KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry will adhere to instructions by the late Kim Jong-nam's family members on how to manage the deceased's body.

Its minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said his ministry would follow his family's instructions if the police felt they were "sufficient" and "legal".

"The decision has to come from the police. We want the next-of-kin, by normal procedure, to claim the body.

"But if they have given instructions to the police on how to manage the body... and the police give us instructions on what to do, then we will follow those instructions," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here today.

Dr Subramaniam said it was the right of the deceased's next-of-kin to decide what should be done to the body.

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Jong-nam’s identity had been confirmed based on DNA sample comparisons with one of the deceased’s children.

Zahid had said this in refuting a recent denial by Pyonyang’s permanent envoy to the United Nations that the body lying in the Kuala Lumpur Hospital morgue was not that of Jong-nam’s.