Jong-nam may be buried in M'sia if not claimed by next-of-kin

BALVIN KAUR


BALIK PULAU: Kim Jong-nam may be buried in Malaysia if no next-of-kin steps forward to claim his remains, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said today.

Dr Hilmi said there is no time limit on how long a body can be kept in a morgue, but the usual procedure, once a body is positively identified, is to “give it a burial.”

"We have yet to make any decision on the body, which is at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital’s forensic department.

"We cannot (be hasty on making) such a big decision. Give us time and we will announce our decision later," he told reporters here today.

He was responding to a statement by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, who had said that Kim’s body may be surrendered to the Health Ministry at any time.