KUALA LUMPUR: The issue surrounding the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, last month, was a subject of interest at the Dewan Rakyat today.
The questions posed to Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed largely centred on whether the government or police knew that Jong-nam was in the country.
Nur Jazlan said Jong-nam had entered the country using another passport.
“Police only knew the identity of the deceased in the probe that was launched after his death.
“We have our own ways of monitoring. Our own procedures.
“If he had not entered using the right identification, then our officers will have a problem when it comes to monitoring and tracking him," Nur Jazlan said in his winding up speech today.
Datuk Mahfudz Omar (Pas-Pokok Sena) had raised an issue of the police having monitored the movements of North Korean agents in the country several months before the murder, which meant that the ministry had early information on the movements of the agents.
"Why then, did the authorities not swing into action and prevent the deceased from moving in and out, or protect him when he was at KLIA2 (Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2)?" he queried.
A similar question was also posed by Tian Chua (PKR-Batu) to Nur Jazlan, if authorities knew of Jong-nam's arrival in the country.
Chua had asked if the authorities monitored the movements of VVIPs, and if there was a standard operating procedure on all potential risks on the presence of those who may have interest in certain conflicts.
To another question by Chua that the authorities had no idea that Jong-nam had entered the country, Nur Jazlan replied:
"We did not know that Kim Jong-nam entered. No one with that name entered".
Chua pressed on by asking how many North Koreans were in the country, and that if certain countries, such as North Korea and those in the Middle East, which are perceived to "export their conflicts elsewhere", are placed on a watchlist.
Nur Jazlan said that threat watch was carried out everywhere, not just on North Korea and Middle Eastern countries, as threats came from many places.
"This involved someone who did not reveal his true identity," Nur Jazlan said.
Chua further prodded and asked if the authorities had overlooked the matter, to which Nur Jazlan replied in the negative.
To another question by Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR-Permatang Pauh) on her request for a briefing to parliamentarians on the tense ties between Malaysia and North Korea, Nur Jazlan said it was not possible to discuss the matter, which was now under the purview of the Foreign Ministry.