SHAH ALAM: The family of Kim Jong-Nam has communicated that they would like the Malaysian government to manage his remains which is currently at the mortuary at the Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL).
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim (pix) revealed that deliberations with the family was still ongoing before the government decides the next course of action in managing the body.
“From what I understand, the family of Kim Jong-Nam wants our government to manage his body.
“They have given their consent,” he told reporters after launching a seminar at Kelab Shah Alam here this morning.
When asked if the body was going to be released to the North Korean government, he said that the decision is entirely up to discussions between the family and the Malaysian government.
Noor Rashid said police have surrendered custody of the body to the Health Ministry.
“Any decision on the body is now up to the federal government.”
Last week, the police had identified the body as that of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un after the Jong Nam’s family had provided DNA to positively identify him.
Jong-Nam, who is the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-Un, was assassinated using VX nerve agent when he was about to board a flight to Macau.
Meanwhile, in parliament, Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam said the ministry will adhere to any instructions given by the police in managing the remains of Kim Jong-Nam.
“We want the next of kin, by normal procedure to claim the body.
“But if they (Jong-nam’s family) have given instructions to the police on how to manage the body and police feel the instructions given are sufficient from the legal point of view, we will follow it in managing the body,” he said.
Dr Subramaniam said as long as the police think the request is valid and sufficient, then his ministry would not have a problem.