Malaysia not expecting apology from N. Korea, PM says (VIDEO)

BY KAMLES KUMAR
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak speaks to reporters at the Parliament in Kuala Lumpur March 6, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, March 6 — Malaysia is not expecting an apology from Pyongyang after its ambassador was expelled for his statements blaming Putrajaya for the death of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged brother of its leader Kim Jong-un.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said there has been no communiqué from the North Korean side after Malaysia declared its ambassador, Kang Chol, a persona non grata and directed him to get out of the country within 48 hours.

“We are not getting anything, we don’t expect anything,” he told reporters when met at the Parliament lobby today.

Najib also said the decision to expel Kang was made after North Korea refused to withdraw statements it has made alleging Malaysia being involved in Kim’s murder.

“If they make any hasty accusations and it is unsubstantiated, they should ask for forgiveness and withdraw their statement.

“If they refuse to do so, based on principles, we have taken an action to declare him person no grata,” the Pekan MP explained.

Adding that nobody has the right to “insult” or “look down” on Malaysia, Najib also said that Malaysia will wait for North Korea’s next course of action before reviewing diplomatic ties.

“We will see, we will take one step at the time,” he said.