Najib calls for unity amid row with North Korea


KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has called upon all Malaysians to unite and give full support towards efforts to bring back the remaining nine Malaysian citizens stranded in North Korea.

In an audio message on his blog,, Najib said the strength of a country could be measured by the unity of its people when faced with crisis or external threats.

"While the government is continuing its efforts to bring home Malaysians banned from leaving North Korea, I want to urge all Malaysians, including the government and opposition leaders to unite and give full support to all efforts being made to solve this problem.

"If we are united in facing any problem or threat, external enemies would not be able to destroy what we have built over the years."

He said it was not the first time that Malaysia was faced with difficult situations involving foreign relations, citing the MH370, MH17 and Lahad Datu crises.

Najib also said such events had proven that Malaysia is experienced in handling issues related to foreign powers, adding that the country had always maintained good relations with all nations.

"Insya-Allah (God willing), we be given guidance by Allah the Almighty once more, to ensure the safe return of our Malaysians in North Korea and unravel the questions on the murder that happened on our soil," he said.