TAWAU: The authorities are not monitoring the movement of North Korean citizens currently in the country, but action will be taken against them if they are involved in negative activities, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
The Deputy Prime Minister said the latest records showed there were only 315 North Koreans still in the country, including those who were living here under the Malaysia MySecond Home programme. The rest, he said, were students or here for work.
He said based on Immigration Department records, 2,453 North Koreans came to Malaysia between 2014 and this year with 801 issued temporary work permits.
However, he said, many of them had returned home.
He was speaking to reporters after launching the Kalabakan Umno Jalinan Kasih 2017 carnival here yesterday.
On the development involving efforts to resolve the issues between Malaysia and North Korea following the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, Dr Ahmad Zahid said: “The main issue for the North Koreans is Kim Jong-nam’s body which can only be handed over to his family.
“I do not see any reason for this matter to be prolonged between our two countries and it can be resolved without the need for a third country involvement.”
He said measures being taken by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to resolve the issues with North Korea was through existing good relations and diplomacy.
On Saturday, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said official negotiations would be carried out with the North Korean government to resolve diplomatic tensions including making efforts to get back the nine Malaysians in Pyongyang, who have not been allowed to leave the country since March 6.