Umno Youth fully supports Malaysia's decision to expel North Korean ambassador

BALQIS LIM


KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth today expressed full support for the government’s decision to expel North Korean ambassador Kang Chol from Malaysia.


The wing’s vice-chief Khairul Azwan Harun, in quoting the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today, said Kang's expulsion showed that Malaysia is stern in defending

its sovereignty.


“Umno Youth strongly supports the government’s decision to expel the ambassador,” he said in a statement.


Khairul Azwan said on Feb 23, the wing, alongside BN Youth and several youth non-governmental organisations gathered in front of the North Korean Embassy to hand over a note

of protest.


“In the note, we demanded that Malaysia revisit its diplomatic ties with North Korea and retract its visa free agreement with Pyongyang.


“Since then, Malaysia has withdrawn its visa-free policy and today our government has taken a serious reconsideration of the country’s relations with North Korea,” he said.


Khairul Azwan added that in order to safeguard Malaysia’s honour, a quick action is necessary.


“When our national institutions are being questioned, when our domestic affairs are being questioned, quick action is required to safeguard Malaysia’s honour.”


Umno Youth welcomes the decision and would continue to uphold Malaysia’s rule of law and sovereignty, he said.


Late Saturday evening, Wisma Putra issued a statement declaring Kang as 'persona non grata' and giving him until 6pm today to leave the country.


Kang had levelled several accusations at Malaysia following the murder of Kim Jong-nam on Feb 13. Among them was that Malaysia was colluding with countries hostile to North

Korea, such as South Korea and the United States.


Although the Malaysian government had demanded a written apology from North Korea for the accusations thrown by Kang, no such apology was forthcoming.