Netizens hail return of M'sians from North Korea

Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: The news on the homecoming of nine Malaysians from North Korea who have been allowed to leave the country, has been hailed by netizens.

Social media users gave a big show of thanks over the news which was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last night and congratulated the parties involved in the negotiations.

A Facebook account user who goes by the name of Sui said: “Well done and congratulations, Datuk Seri. This is due to the efforts by the politicians and prayers from all Malaysians.”

Another user, Muhammad Khairul Ashraf said the news was a reflection of Malaysia’s maturity in dealing with international conflicts.

Roslan Mohamed said: “Congratulations, God bless them and those involved in the release process along the way.”

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Meanwhile, Roslan Harun, in his posting, said: “Alhamdulillah, (Praise be to Allah) the news that I’ve been waiting for...Although they are not my relatives.”

Joni Ngatijo said:“This is the part where we put aside (our) respective political ideologies...Most importantly, the government has saved our fellow Malaysians. Congratulations. Alhamdulillah, (they have) escaped from any danger.”

Fadzil Othman said: “Praise be to Allah for having succeeded in solving the spat with North Korea. Congratulations to the government’s leaders and police on all their efforts and determination in rescuing the (nine) Malaysians. A ‘super-class’ diplomatic effort, I guess.”

Frank Backenbad shared: “Congratulations PM (Najib) for always being at the forefront in saving the lives of Malaysians.”

In his announcement yesterday evening, Najib said all nine Malaysians left Pyongyang at 7.45pm (Malaysian time) and were expected to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 5am this morning.

Following the development, the prime minister said Malaysia now allowed North Korean citizens in the country to leave.

Tensions between Kuala Lumpur and Pyongyang arose following the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) on Feb 13.

The diplomatic tiff came about after North Korea’s Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol made wild allegations against Malaysia on how it handled the case, resulting in Malaysia declaring him persona non grata.

He left Kuala Lumpur on March 6.

Pyongyang retaliated by expelling Malaysia’s Ambassador to North Korea.

On March 7, Pyongyang barred Malaysians in North Korea from leaving that country and Kuala Lumpur took the same action in a tit-for-tat move. --BERNAMA