KUALA TERENGGANU: Malaysian leaders will remain rational in facing the diplomatic issues with North Korea, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).
By doing so, the Deputy Prime Minister said he and other government leaders hoped to avoid further tension on both sides.
He urged Malaysians to be united for the sake of security and peace in the country.
"The people must stay united regardless of political differences, religion or race for the sake of security and to ensure that our country remains peaceful," he said.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said this while opening the Terengganu Umno branch-level conference here Friday.
Nine Malaysians remain in North Korea after being barred from leaving the country last week.
Malaysia reacted to Pyongyang's travel ban by imposing the same restrictions on North Koreans living in the country.
The diplomatic row between Malaysia and North Korea was ignited following disagreements over certain issues in regard to the remains of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother Kim Jong-nam, who was murdered at KL International Airport 2 on Feb 13. - Bernama