KUALA LUMPUR – March 8, 2017: Several opposition leaders today expressed support for the government’s move to bar North Koreans from leaving the country following the diplomatic row with Pyongyang.
The ones who spoke to The Mole agree that this is necessary to ensure the safety of the 11 Malaysians known to be in North Korea.
Yesterday DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng asked everyone to support the federal government’s handling of the issue.
Pas Syura Council chief Datuk Mahfodz Mohamed said the government knows what it is doing and is being responsible in protecting its citizens.
“In this situation, we have to give our support and hope that the government is doing its best to resolve the row.
“North Korea may not be satisfied with our decisions but that is what we should do. It is best for Pyongyang not to meddle with the investigations from the beginning,” he said in reference to the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Mahfodz also said Pas will hold a nationwide special prayer for the safety of the Malaysians in North Korea after the maghrib prayer tomorrow.
PKR deputy youth chief Afif Bahardin also expressed support, adding that the government should also consider appointing a third party as mediator to negotiate.
“I definitely support the move by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak but probably we have to get a neutral party, for instance, China to be involved as mediator. This should be done while taking care of the country’s sovereignty and our laws.”
Amanah communications director Khalid Abdul Samad said the party has no problem accepting the government’s decisions but wants more details.
“I would have thought that generally, engagement would have been the best approach. But I stand to be corrected because I don’t know what happened in detail.”
Khalid also urged the government not to leave the public in the dark as this would lead them to speculate.