PUTRAJAYA MAR 19: Malaysia deeply regrets the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) decision to sever diplomatic ties with Malaysia today (19 March 2021).
The Miniry of Foreign Affairs in its statement said, the government of Malaysia is now compelled by the decision of the DPRK to close the Embassy of Malaysia in Pyongyang in which the operation had already been suspended since 2017.
The statement added, subsequently the government will issue an order for all the diplomatic staff and their dependents at the Embassy of the DPRK in Kuala Lumpur to leave Malaysia within 48 hours from today.
Meanwhile, Malaysia denounces the decision as unfriendly and unconstructive, disrespecting the spirit of mutual respect and good neighbourly relations among members of the international community.
“Malaysia had always considered DPRK as a close partner since the establishment of the diplomatic relations in1973. Malaysia had been persistent in pursuing concrete efforts to strengthen our relations with DPRK even after the deplorable assassination of Kim Jong Nam in 2017.
“In this respect, DPRK’s unilateral decision is clearly unwarranted, disproportionate and certainly disruptive towards the promotion of peace, stability and prosperity of our region,” said the statement.
The statement added, Malaysia upholds the principles of justice, rule of law and independence of judiciary and ensures that the extradition of the DPRK national Mun Chol Myong was conducted in accordance to those principles.
“On the same premise, the government of Malaysia had to put aside a series of DPRK’s demarches for the Malaysian Executive to intervene in our judiciary and legal system. The extradition was only carried out after the due legal process had been exhausted.
“The rights of Mun Chol Myong while in custody in Malaysia were also guaranteed and fulfilled, including his access to his own defence counsel, as well as consular assistance and visits by his family,” said the statement.
Mun Chol Myong was detained by the Malaysian authority on 14th May 2019 pursuant to the provisional arrest warrant issued under Section 13(1)(b) of the Extradition Act 1992 following allegations of conspiracy to launder money and money laundering besides violating United Nations sanctions.
“Such acts are also offences under the laws of Malaysia. He appeared before the Sessions Court of Kuala Lumpur on 13th December 2019 where the court allowed committal against him.
“His application for the writ of habeas corpus at the High Court of Kuala Lumpur on 29th December 2019 and his appeal at the Federal Court on 8th October 2020 were dismissed as the Courts found that his application and appeal were unjustified and failed to meet the requirements under the aforementioned Extradition Act,” the statement reiterated.-Malaysia World News