Rani Kulup leads demo at N. Korean embassy

Farezza Hanum Rashid

KUALA LUMPUR: Two non-governmental organisations have urged for the safe return of the remaining nine Malaysians still stranded in North Korea.

Pertubuhan Martabat Jalinan Muhibbah (MJMM) and Ikatan Rakyat Insan Muslim Malaysia (IRIMM) staged a peaceful demonstration at the North Korean embassy here today in the hopes that the strained relationship between Malaysia and North Korea would be mended.

MJMM president Abdul Rani Kulup Abdullah thanked the North Korean government for releasing two Malaysians who were working for the United Nation's World Food Programme there.

"We are also grateful to the leaders of both countries for trying to resolve the tension amicably.

"We hope the remaining nine Malaysians are being taken care of and are safe,” he added.

Also present was IRIMM president, Amir Amsaa Alla Pitchay.

"We are gathered at the North Korean embassy to let their government know that we are a peace-loving people and want the relationship of the two countries to go back to normal," Amir said.

This was the second time the two groups staged a demonstration at the North Korean embassy.

Two weeks ago, they hand-delivered a memorandum to the embassy, demanding respect for Malaysian laws, after former ambassador Kang Chol accused Malaysia of colluding with South Korea in its Kim Jong-nam murder investigation.