Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) today chided North Korea Ambassador Kang Chol for being “diplomatically rude”, cautioning the foreign envoy to be tactful in his words when commenting on Malaysian law enforcement.
PCM vice-president Huan Cheng Guan reminded Kang Chol that unlike North Korea, Malaysia does not practice the law of jungle nor would kill ministers merely for taking naps.
He stressed that the Malaysian police probe into the alleged murder of North Korean citizen Kim Jong-nam was being carried out in accordance with established international criminal procedures, adhering strictly with the principle of rule of law.
“The North Korean ambassador should not accuse Malaysian authorities with baseless allegations.
“He should mind his words, should have minced his words and should not be so rude,” said Huan, referring to Kang Chol’s media outburst against Malaysian police on Tuesday.
Kang Chol has accused Malaysia of trying to hide something and conspire with ill-disposed forces against North Korea in the investigation of the alleged killing of Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Jong-nam was believed to have been poisoned by two women at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on Monday Feb 13 as he was about to fly to Macau.
The ambassador also called on Kuala Lumpur to conduct a joint-investigation with Pyongyang on the alleged murder, adding that Pyongyang can no longer trust the Malaysian police in the murder probe.
He also demanded the release of the deceased’s body to the embassy without delay.
Prime Minister Najb Razak has already rebuked Kang Chol’s criticism and baseless allegations as being diplomatically rude.
Yesterday the North Korean Embassy demanded the release of three suspects nabbed by the police over Jong-nam’s assassination.
The three are a Vietnamese woman, an Indonesian woman, and a North Korean citizen.
The embassy accused the police of being “unreasonable” in arresting the three suspects.
Malaysian police are also looking for the second secretary of the North Korea Embassy and an employee of the North Korean airline, Air Koryo to facilitate their investigation into the death of Jong-nam.
Huan said the embassy should cooperate with Bukit Aman to handover its second secretary to assist the murder investigation, adding that Kang Chol seemed did not understand the Malaysian law and how the principle of rule of law worked.
“He should know that Malaysia has its own laws and police are investigating the case in accordance with requirements of the law.
“We don’t practise jungle law like in North Korea where a defence chief can be brutally killed merely for dozing off,” rebuked Huan, referring to the execution of People’s Armed Forces Minister Hyon Yong Chol in April, 2015.
The North Korean military chief, who fell asleep during a meeting, was allegedly executed by the nation’s leader Jong-un in a gruesome manner for the slight.
Intelligence and international media reports claimed that the North Korean official was allegedly strafed by anti-aircraft gunfire while an audience of hundreds watched.
“That is jungle law, not rule of law,” said Huan.