Airport taxi usher’s brush with assassin


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 16 Feb 2017

Business as usual: Alang (in blue) attending to customers says he feels under pressure over the incident.

SEPANG: A taxi usher likely saw one of the female assassins who killed Kim Jong-nam as she fled in a cab, but cannot remember her.

Asked to be identified only as Alang, he said he ushers thousands of customers at the airport daily and could not recall if he saw the woman that Monday morning.

There is CCTV footage of Alang punching her taxi ticket and he has been inundated with calls from the police, his relatives and friends about it.

“I’m really under pressure.

“They asked me what I can tell them or what I can remember. But I don’t remember anything.

“You can see how many people are here now and I punched all their tickets.

“How can I remember all of them?

“It is not that I don’t want to help, I just don’t remember,” he said.

He had only been working at KLIA2 for about three weeks.

According to reports, Jong-nam is the estranged half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and was attacked in the shopping concourse of the airport by two women who reportedly used a poison spray to kill him.

One of the attackers, a fair skinned woman in a white top and blue denim skirt, was seen getting into a taxi and being driven off, in the security camera footage.

At KLIA2 yesterday, South Korean, Japanese and local journalists swarmed the information counter at the Level Three departure gate where Jong-nam collapsed while asking for help after he was sprayed.

Shop tenants in the area claimed that they did not notice anything amiss when the incident happened at about 8am.

Directly behind the counter, a Visit Malacca tourism exhibition was gearing up for a dance performance scheduled for 9am that day.

A tourism officer, who only gave his name as Ramlan, said he would not have known that a man had been assassinated just a few feet away from him if he had not seen the news on Tuesday.

“On Monday everything was like normal.

“There were few people because it was early in the morning and no one looked like they had just seen a man die.

“It was only in the evening that I saw police officers behind the counter but I didn’t think it was anything,” he said.

A storekeeper at a coffee shop in the departure area claimed that she too was unaware of the murder.

“We usually start our business at 9am and most of us had yet to open our shops,” she said.

A bookstore manager said he heard that someone had collapsed in the airport but only found out that it really happened when he saw it on the news.

“It was a shock to me,” he said.

A paramedic at the airport clinic was approached by journalists, but said he did not know anything.

“None of us were here when it happened,” he added.

Malaysian Airport Holdings Bhd confirmed that “an incident occurred in the low budget terminal on Monday”.

However, it said that it could not comment further.

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