KANGAR — March 7, 2017: The Immigration Department in Perlis is stepping up monitoring at the Malaysia-Thai border to ensure that no North Korean is able to leave the country as per the government’s decision.
The department received clear instruction on this today from the home ministry.
The Padang Besar border crossing, the main route of entry/exit between Malaysia and Thailand in Perlis, is open from 6am to 10pm while the one at Wang Kelian is open from 7am to 7pm.
State director Mohd. Amir Othman also stated that information going viral that the border in Perlis is open 24 hours is false.
In Alor Star and Johor, the department confirms doing the same at the border.
North Korea today banned Malaysians from leaving the country and Malaysia responded in kind.
The strain in ties came following the murder of North Korean national Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at the KL International Airport 2 on February 13.
Soon after North Korea announced the ban, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak condemned the retaliatory move.
“I have also instructed the inspector-general of police to prevent all North Koreans in Malaysia from leaving the country until we are assured of the safety and security of all Malaysians in North Korea,” said Najib.
Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also said that Malaysia would not allow any personnel at the North Korean embassy to leave the country.
In Sepang, the airport frontline personnel at the KL International Airport (KLIA) and KL International Airport 2
(klia2) are all geared up to execute the order against North Koreans. — Bernama