Malaysians, irrespective of their race, religion and political standings, should rally and stand united behind the government to counter the bullying tactic of North Korea, MIC treasurer-general S. Vell Paari said today.
He said the irresponsible action taken by the North Korea regime was disgusting and the use of Malaysians as bargaining chips was unacceptable.
“I hope that our government will continue to stand firm against the provocations by the North Korea regime.
“Never in the history of our sovereign nation that Malaysians and their family members were prohibited from leaving a third country due to disputes over a murder case,” he said in a statement.
Vell Paari hailed the Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s announcement earlier today on Putrajaya decision to bar all North Koreans diplomatic staff in Malaysia from leaving the country until further notice.
“Due to this, Malaysia should proceed to issue an arrest warrant against Hyon Kwang Song, a second secretary at the North Korean Embassy, who is a person of interest in the murder of Kim Jong-nam.
“We should express our displeasure to the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) and request assistance from the world body to free our people from the clutches of Kim Jong-un,” Vell Paari pointed out.
Pyongyang banned all Malaysian citizens from leaving North Korea potentially holding them hostage amid an increasingly heated diplomatic row over the killing of Kim Chol widely reported by media as Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Kuala Lumpur on February 13.
In response, Prime Minister Najib Razak has summoned an emergency meeting of the National Security Council and instructed the Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar to prevent all North Korean citizens in Malaysia from leaving the country until the assurance of safety and security of all Malaysians in North Korea.