MPs unite behind gov't in its handling of North Korea impasse


KUALA LUMPUR: Members of Parliament from rival parties today agreed that all Malaysians should back the government in its handling of the unfolding diplomatic crisis with North Korea.

Datuk Abdul Rahman Mohamad (BN-Lipis) voiced concern over worsening tensions between Malaysia and North Korea.

"We have to be careful in tackling the problem, and the government should conform with international law in defusing the tension," he said when debating the motion of thanks for the royal address in Parliament yesterday.

Rahman proposed to the Dewan Rakyat that the government use discreet channels in discussions with North Korea to solve the conflict.

In response, Teo Kok Seong (DAP-Rasah) stood up and said: "We support all the government's efforts to save our people (who are prohibited from leaving North Korea.)

"In this respect, all Malaysians and MPs should unite to defend the country," he said.

Earlier, Liang Teck Meng (BN-Simpang Renggam) said he supports any action taken by the government in dealing with the North Korea issue.

"I will also support the government if it decides to end diplomatic relations with North Korea," he said.

Liang added that the expelled North Korean envoy had made baseless accusations against Malaysia in its investigation into the murder of Kim Jong-nam.

"(It was) uncalled for and went against the laws and policies of our country," he said.