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“Why Malaysia?”

“It’s business- friendly and efficient,” said Alibaba’s Jack Ma at the launch of the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ).

The DFTZ is the world’s first Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) outside of China, which has the potential to double the growth rate of Malaysian small and medium enterprises’ (SMEs) goods exports by 2025.

It is also estimated to be able to support US$65 billion worth of goods moving through DFTZ. Additionally, DFTZ is expected to create 60,000 jobs by 2025.

Of course and as usual nothing good in Malaysia for the rakyat is good for the Opposition that is now suffering from a dearth of issues to spin as they get debunked every time an issue is raised.

DAP’s Ong Kian Ming was quick to prove his stupidity by questioning the RM15 million spent for the launch of that event versus the potential billions in US Dollars to be made via the DFTZ.


If he is concerned about the well-being of financially-pinched Malaysians especially those who scrambled for holiday deals at the recent MATTA fair then why not question the need to ask taxpayers to pay more than the tax they have paid to pay the two jokers below just to eat with them?

RM10,000 per table? What kind of food is served at the dinner? Tiger meat?

Three RMAF Airbus A400M aircraft perform a fly pass at the LIMA ’17 exhibition

Defence expenditure is likely to rise as this region and beyond continue to face traditional and non-traditional threats.  The role of the defence industry is also changing dramatically, as new and changing threats require further research and development, increasing the overall costs and pricing of defence products and services.

This was the gist of the message conveyed by Dato’ Sri Najib Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, at the opening ceremony of the Langkawi International Aerospace and Maritime 2017 (LIMA ’17) exhibition this morning.

“We need to equip our fighting men with the capabilities required to face modern warfare, both symmetrical and asymmetrical, and LIMA ’17 brings together major aerospace and maritime firms from around the world to demonstrate their state-of-the-art static and aerial displays and cutting-edge technologies,” he added.

One of the exhibitors, Leonardo Helicopter Division, a division of the Leonardo S.p.A that is headquartered in Italy, celebrated today the successful reaching of the impressive 100,000 flying hours milestone with the Weststar Aviation Services’s AW139 fleet.

Weststar Aviation Services is the largest South East Asian offshore helicopter services provider and largest helicopter operator of the AW139 in Asia.

Dato’ Sri Najib Razak visiting one of the booths at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Center in Langkawi after the opening of LIMA ’17

Leonardo has also brought the ATR-72MP aircraft which is being proposed for Malaysia’s requirement for an advanced new maritime patrol capability.  In the Electronics Warfare segment, Leonardo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hensoldt (the new name for Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security) to offer Mode-5 IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) solutions to customers around the world. This collaboration between two European leaders in defence electronics technology shows how, by joining forces, the team can position itself as market leader for cutting-edge new requirements. The two companies, working together as “Team Skytale”, have already been selected as preferred bidder by the UK Ministry of Defence to upgrade IFF systems on more than 400 land, sea and air vehicles.

The ATR 72MP is a multirole Maritime Patrol, Electronic Surveillance and C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence) aircraft with very affordable costs, developed and built by Leonardo’s Aircraft Division from the platform of the modern ATR 72-600 regional turboprop (pic courtesy of Leonardo Company)

The IFF technology allows operators to electronically identify friendly forces, distinguishing them from potential enemies. It does this by sending out an interrogation signal to unidentified platforms and verifying the automatic responses that are sent back, effectively a modern-day challenge and password system. Ensuring that ground, air and naval crews can reliably recognise their compatriots is one of the main ways of avoiding ‘friendly fire’ incidents. In 2020, all NATO nations are mandated to switch over to the new, more-secure ‘Mode-5’ version of the technology and other nations looking to operate alongside NATO forces will also need to be able to interact with the new standard. Mode-5 uses the latest cryptographic techniques to avoid the threat of deception by adversaries.

In another development, Thales has been selected by AirAsia to supply avionics systems on AirAsia’s new fleet of 304 A320neos.  Thales will equip the 304 single-aisles with its market leading Flight Management System (FMS), the navigation solution of choice for Airbus aircraft, alongside the THALES/ACSS T3CAS surveillance platform, the preferred solution for all Airbus single aisle aircraft.

AirAsia’s Airbus A320neo (pic courtesy of Economy Traveller)

Thales has been partnering with AirAsia, leading LCC in Asia, since 2005, forging a close relationship in support of the airline’s growth strategy. AirAsia already equips their entire Airbus fleet with Thales systems and has selected the group for all maintenance and support operations for Thales systems equipped across their entire A320 fleet of 200 aircraft. In addition to the avionics suite, Thales will continue to provide a Repair-by-The-Hour (RBTH) long-term maintenance contract to support AirAsia’s fleet expansion.  The agreement provides guaranteed turnaround times on repairs and offers a commitment of reliability with reduced operational risk.

Malaysia Minister of Defence, Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, meets with representatives from five countries to discuss asymmetrical threats by Da’esh

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Minister of Defence, Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, met with representatives from five countries including Pakistan, Turkey, Indonesia and Qatar to present his view on how to combat the Da’esh threats.  The establishment of the King Salman Center of International Peace was also on the agenda of this meeting.

The RoKAF Black Eagles performing the “Bomb Burst” formation over Langkawi

Making its debut in Langkawi is the Republic of Korea Air Force’s 53rd Air Demonstration Group.  Commonly known as the “Black Eagles” the RoKAF team buzzed the skies of Langkawi in their KAI T-50B Golden Eagle supersonic advanced trainers.  The T-50B is one of the few supersonic trainers currently available in the world.

The Russians is well-represented.  The “Russian Knights (Russkiye Vityazi)” aerobatic team showcasing their Sukhoi Su-30SM aircraft for the first time outside Russia, while the Royal Malaysian Air Force performs aerobatics in its Sukhoi Su-30MKM.

The air aces of the two countries, whose performances constantly evoke admiration of the audience, highly praised the flight characteristics of their supermanouverable aircraft.

President of Irkut Corporation Oleg Demchenko marked the high skills of pilots and their ability to use the maximum extent of the fighter’s capabilities while First vice-president of UAC Alexander Tulyakov said: “Positive evaluation of aircraft given by pilots is very important for us – the developers and manufacturers”.

The meeting resulted with a joint photo shoot against the background of Su-30SM and Su-30MKM aircraft.

Sukhoi Su-30 pilots from the Russian Knights and the RMAF’s No.11 Squadron pose together

Russian’s Rostec State Corporation is working with the government of Malaysia to expand cooperation through the supply of civilian products and aviation.

“Over the last 20 years Malaysia has been a strategic partner of the Rostec State Corporation. We are actively involved in military and technical cooperation in a number of areas: aviation, the army and the military navy, and in recent years our cooperation has gained momentum.  We are currently engaged in arms supply programs and are upgrading technology that was previously supplied to Malaysia.

We are also looking to extending our cooperation to civil areas that have growth potential: electronics, composite materials and IT. The civil aviation market, especially the helicopter sector, is also showing great potential for us,” said Head of the joint delegation from Rostec and Rosoboronexport at the 2017 LIMA exhibition Viktor Kladov, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy Department of the State Corporation.

“LIMA-2017 is the most important event for the aviation and military navy markets of Malaysia and the surrounding region and our participation in it is a long-standing tradition. LIMA-2017 is attracting representatives of various countries of this region and we are looking to conducting fruitful negotiations both with the Malaysian Government and delegations from other countries,” he pointed out.

In the afternoon, the Prime Minister Najib Razak officiated the Maritime Segment which also involved major exhibitors such as THALES, MAST, ACS and SAAB, showcasing the latest technologies in defence products and a demonstration by the elite forces of Malaysia’s security enforcement agencies.

This year’s opening gimmick had the elite forces searching for a box containing a key for the Prime Minister to activate the launch sequence. The key was located using technologically-advanced, unmanned equipment that assisted the forces, including from the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), and was handed over to the Chief of Navy, Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Haji Ahmad Badaruddin who then handed it to the Prime Minister.

Following the launch, a live action demonstration from the RMN Special Forces, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, the Royal Malaysian Police and the Marine Department of Malaysia with the setting being a hostage rescue mission at sea.

Demonstration by the Royal Malaysian Navy’s special forces, the Marine Operations Force of the Royal Malaysian Police, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and the Marine Department performs a demonstration

Later, Najib officiated the naming ceremony of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency’s latest Offshore Patrol Vessel, the “KM Pekan”.  In attendance were Defence Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein as well as Japan’s Deputy Minister of Land Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism, Tanaka Ryosei.

The “KM Pekan” is one of two offshore patrol vessels donated by the Japanese government to the MMEA in 2016.  Both vessels are 92 meters in length with speed of 20 knots and endurance of 30 days, suitable for enforcement missions in the South China Sea as well as in eastern Sabah.  Both are equipped with a helideck and state-of-the-art radars.

According to the Director-General of the MMEA, Admiral (Maritime) Datuk Seri Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar, a set of crew has been sent to Japan to bring home the second vessel.

For yesterday’s article, please click Defence: LIMA ’17 To Be More Exciting

Siapa PM tanya Pembangang

Baru-baru ini, pakal peronda generasi baru milik Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (APMM) telah mendapat sebuah Kapal Peronda Generasi Baru (NGPC) yang diberi nama ‘KM Bagan Datuk’.  Ianya telah dilancarkan oleh Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Ini yang dijadikan isu.  Pembangang mempersoalkan kenapa Rosmah dan bukan Najib Razak sebagai PM melancarkannya.

Sebelum wujudnya tradisi pelancaran kapal oleh kaum wanita, semua pelancaran kapal di Eropah bermula 1680 adalah dengan para hadirin meminum wain dalam bekas yang diperbuat dari perak untuk mengucap selamat kepada kapal tersebut serta bakal anak-anak kapalnya.  Bekas perak ini kemudiannya dicampak ke dalam laut.

Tradisi tersebut dihentikan akibat kos bekas perak yang terlalu mahal.

Tradisi melancarkan kapal oleh wanita mula dilakukan oleh Royal Navy pada kurun ke 18.  Pada mulanya, House of Hanover, iaitu keluarga yang memerintah England pada masa itu diminta menaja salah satu kapal perang.  Maka, seorang Puteri dari House of Hanover telah membaling sebuah botol berisi wain ke kapal tersebut.

Oleh kerana kapal tersebut telah ditaja, Puteri Raja yang melancarkan kapal tersebut digelar sebagai Sponsor (Penaja).

Bermula 1811, Putera Pemangku George Augustus Frederick yang kemudiannya menjadi Raja George IV telah menitahkan supaya semua kapal perang milik Royal Navy dilancarkan oleh seorang wanita sebagai Penaja kapal tersebut.

Hampir kesemua negara di dunia ini menggunakan Penaja wanita untuk melancarkan kapal-kapal perangnya, terutamanya negara-negara Komanwel yang mana Malaysia adalah salah satu negara anggota Komanwel.

Dengan sebab itu maka Rosmah menjadi Penaja bagi ‘KM Bagan Datuk’ dan bukannya Najib Razak.

Empat tahun dan satu bulan yang lalu, seorang wanita bernama Siti Hasmah, yang merupakan mantan Perdana Menteri Malaysia, telah melancarkan sebuah kapal latihan Tentera Laut DiRaja Malaysia (TLDM) bernama ‘Gagah Samudera’.

27 Februari 2013, Siti Hasmah telah melancarkan kapal Teguh Samudera milik TLDM

Isteri kepada Siti Hasmah tidak dibenarkan menjadi Penaja kapal tersebut kerana khuatir beliau akan membuat benda yang lain disebabkan beliau mudah lupa.

Kalaulah saya ini seorang Ketua Negara, saya akan mengarahkan semua agensi keselamatan maritim melancarkan kapal-kapal mereka dengan mengikut cara Viking iaitu dengan mengikat seorang pembangang ke leding pelancaran di belakang buritan kapal yang hendak dilancarkan tersebut. Apabila kapal tersebut dilancarkan, ia akan menggelongsor di atas leding tersebut dan melenyekkan tubuh pembangang tersebut sebelum masuk ke dalam air.

Itu sahaja ubat untuk orang yang bangang.

Kalau ikut Mahathir, macam-macam dah kena tutup kini. Namun, seperti yang didakwa Alexandria Luger, Mahathir akan masuk neraka kerana kerap berbohong.

Hari ini Mahathir berbohong lagi. Dia kata Forest City memberi hakmilik tanah kekal kepada para pembeli.

Rasanya dah berbuih dah penerangan diberikan mengenai perkara ini. Bhaiya Bangladesh kontrak mungkin telah faham sefahamnya akan penerangan tersebut. Tetapi sebab penerangan ini bukan diberikan dalam bahasa ibunda beliau maka agak sukar bagi beliau memahami.

Ahli Parlimen Sekijang terpaksa terangkan sekali lagi bahawa yang hakmilik kekal adalah hartanah strata. Dua bulan lepas pun DYMM Sultan Johor dah terangkan perkara yang sama.

Nak diterangkan dalam bahasa apa lagi?

Kemudian, Najib Razak pula yang dipersalahkan. Bukankah Forest City perihal tanah negeri Johor? Apa kena-mengena dengan kerajaan pusat? Masing-masing negeri ada unit perancang ekonominya sendiri.

Kenapa tak salahkan Tuanku Sultan Johor? Tak berani macam rakan sekapal beliau?

Memang Forest City bakal mendapat status bebas cukai. Apa masalahnya? Langkawi juga masih pulau bebas cukai.

Kalau Mahathir gunakan Internet sewajarnya dan bukan untuk menyebarkan fitnah semata-mata maka beliau pasti mengetahui bahawa kenyataan beliau bahawa status bebas cukai Langkawi akan ditarik balik hanyalah pembohongan yang nyata.

Apa yang diumum kerajaan adalah hanya kedai-kedai berlesen sahaja yang akan dibenarkan menjual barangan rokok dan arak bebas cukai di Langkawi.

Begitu juga langkah untuk meminta pemilik kenderaan yang berdaftar di Langkawi mengemukakan jaminan bank sebelum boleh dibenarkan membawa kenderaan mereka keluar dari pulau tersebut. Ini adalah untuk mengatasi kepincangan yang berlaku sejak sekian lama.

Siapakah yang telah menjual sebegitu banyak tanah orang tempatan Langkawi kepada para kroni suatu ketika dahulu? Siapa yang mengambil tanah 80 penduduk Melayu Pantai Gelang, Langkawi untuk dijadikan resort

Mengenai pinjaman oleh warga China pula, itu semua cerita basi yang diulang berkali-kali. Saya maafkan beliau. Bercerita sesuatu berulang kali ini ada hubungkaitnya dengan penyakit nyanyuk. Mungkin suatu hari nanti beliau akan memandang kepada anak beliau dan bertanya, “Hang apanama?” berkali-kali juga.

Sebenarnya saya kasihankan beliau. Pernah disanjung ramai suatu masa dahulu tetapi pernah ditolak sebagai perwakilan oleh Bahagian sendiri semasa masih dalam parti angkat beliau, UMNO. Namun beliau masih tidak sedarkan diri.

Kini beliau hanya mampu merangkak sambil menjilat kahak hijau yang diludahnya dahulu sambil ditunggangi oleh joki-joki yang mengharapkan kemenangan seekor kaldai tua.

Sudah-sudahlah berbohong. Kita tak boleh hidup selama-lamanya. Janganlah diikuti perangai Rafizi. Beliau rasa beliau masih muda.

Jangan sampai anda digelar SOTUN pula.

Berikut adalah pembongkaran penipuan Rafizi Ramli yang dibuat oleh Lim Sian See:

Di Parlimen semalam, Rafizi Ramli menggelar Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib sebagai ‘juara kepada juara’ apabila bercakap mengenai membelanjakan pendapatan dari hasil petroleum.
Rafizi yang sudah berkali kali masuk mahkamah kerana memfitnah, mendakwa Najib membelanjakan RM376 bilion hasil pendapatan petroleum negara antara 2009 hingga 2016, atau secara purata RM54 bilion setahun.
Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi pula didakwa membelanjakan RM204 bilion dari pendapatan petroleum atau RM41 bilion setahun dari 2003 hingga 2009. (walaupun Pak Lah hanya mengambil alih kerajaan pada 2004).
Rafizi kemudian mendakwa Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yang menjadi Perdana Menteri selama 22 tahun hanya membelanjakan RM163 bilion, atau RM8 bilion setahun.
Ok. Rafizi turut mengakui ia bagaimanapun tidak mengambil kira inflasi dan perubahan nilai matawang, yang secara mudah jika dihitung, perbelanjaan ketika era pentadbiran Dr Mahathir adalah berganda.

Hanya mengambil kira perbezaan nilai matawang sudah cukup untuk menjadikan perbelanjaan ketika zaman pentadbiran Dr Mahathir menjadi sekali ganda.
Kedua, Rafizi tidak mengambil kira kos pengeluaran, di mana ia turut meningkat memandangkan minyak yang dikeluarkan di pesisir pantai atau carigali di kawasan pendalaman tidak lagi wujud dan kita perlu meneroka ke luar pantai dan carigali laut dalam.
Ketiga, Rafizi tidak pula menggelar Najib sebagai ‘juara kepada juara, apabila kita bercakap mengenai pemberian subsidi sebagaimana kita lihat di carta di bawah berdasarkan kepada angka dikeluarkan Perbendaharaan, di mana perbelanjaan adalah 10 kali ganda daripada zaman Dr Mahathir berikutan kenaikan kos pengeluaran minyak, kesan matawang dan pertambahan jumlah penduduk.
Najib membelanjakan bahagian yang besar daripada pendapatan minyak ini kepada rakyat berikutan kadar subsidi yang lebih tinggi.
Keempat, Rafizi juga tidak menyebut Dr Mahathir telah mengenakan cukai ke atas petrol selama 22 tahun pada kadar 58.62 sen bagi setiap liter ketika harga minyak rendah pada ketika itu. Ini sahaja melibatkan berpuluh bilion Ringgit bagi pendapatan Dr Mahathir untuk beliau membina menara berkembar dan projek mega lain.
Maka sekali lagi, Rafizi mahu mengelirukan rakyat dengan tidak memberikan maklumat penuh dan hanya menceritakan hanya suku temberangnya untuk mencetuskan kebencian terhadap kerajaan.
Rafizi kemudian menggesa kerajaan untuk memulakan subsidi petrol biarpun seluruh dunia kini bergerak untuk tidak lagi memberikan subsidi menyeluruh seumpama itu malah pengeluar serta pengeksport minyak terbesar di dunia turut menarik balik subsidi, dan beralih kepada penyaluran subsidi lebih kepada sasaran sebagaimana dilakukan Malaysia.
Akhir sekali, Rafizi masih lagi tidak menjawab soalan berikut:
Malaysia adalah negara ke-16 termurah bagi harga petrol, 
Negara yang lebih murah dari kita kebanyakannya pengeluar minyak terbesar di dunia.
Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, Egypt*, Algeria, Kuwait*, Iran, Ecuador, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Qatar, Sierra Leone, Oman, and Bolivia.
Negara yang mana Rafizi mahu harga kita lebih murah lagi? Mungkin Rafizi masih mahu Malaysia mengikut seperti Venezuela seperti yang diseru oleh beliau di tahun-tahun yang lepas?
LSS

Sejak akhir-akhir ini grup-grup WhatsApp Veteran Angkatan Tentera Malaysia yang saya sertai mula dihujani dengan mesej-mesej politik memainkan semula isu-isu lama yang telah terjawab dan terbukti fitnah.

Semalam tersebar semula video di mana Rafizi Ramli menaburkan fitnah mengatakan bahawa MRT Malaysia adalah milik Najib Razak. Jarang sekali saya bertukar pendapat di dalam grup-grup WhatsApp tersebut melainkan untuk bertanya khabar dengan mereka yang pernah berkhidmat dengan saya dahulu namun kali ini saya terpaksa menerangkan kerana saya pernah bekerja di projek KVMRT Lembah Klang.

Dakwaannya yang dikemukakan oleh veteran yang tularkan video tersebut ialah Menteri Kewangan (Diperbadankan) ialah syarikat milik satu-satunya Menteri Kewangan, dan MRT Malaysia adalah 100 peratus milik syarikat tersebut.

Saya memberitahu beliau dan lain-lain ahli grup WhatsApp tersebut bahawa Malaysia mempunyai dua orang Menteri Kewangan. Menteri Kewangan (Diperbadankan) ditubuhkan melalui Akta Menteri Kewangan (Pemerbadanan), 1957.  Ianya sama seperti Menteri Besar (Diperbadankan) contohnya di negeri-negeri seperti Perak dan Selangor, dan juga Perbadanan Menteri Besar Kelantan – bukan dimiliki mana-mana individu dan ahli-ahli lembaganya terdiri dari pegawai-pegawai kerajaan. Barulah mereka faham mengenai perkara tersebut.

Saya tidak menyalahkan mereka.  Hampir kesemua mereka lebih berumur dari saya. Sebahagian besar menyertai Angkatan Tentera Malaysia sebagai anggota lain-lain pangkat di suatu zaman yang tidak memerlukan mereka mempunyai tahap pendidikan yang tinggi.  Adalah lebih mudah untuk memanipulasi mereka ini.

Semasa mereka berhenti, Jabatan Hal Ehwal Veteran ATM masih belum tertubuh.  Mereka ibarat terbiar menghabiskan sisa-sisa hidup setelah berhenti dari perkhidmatan.  Tidak ada siapa yang menghiraukan mereka mahupun datang memberi penerangan mengenai isu-isu semasa kepada mereka.

Pada tahun lepas apabila pemenang pingat skuad Olimpik diberi ganjaran oleh kerajaan, ada pihak yang telah mencucuk para Veteran ATM untuk bangkit bertanya kenapa mereka tidak diberikan imbuhan setimpal.  Mereka merasakan bahawa pengorbanan yang telah mereka berikan tidak dibalas dengan setimpal.

Program 1MVHRP adalah di antara keistimewaan yang disediakan untuk Veteran ATM

Maka timbul di kalangan veteran itu sendiri penghasut-penghasut yang menanam benih-benih kebencian.  Ramai Veteran ATM itu sendiri tidak tahu-menahu mengenai keistimewaan yang diberi oleh Kerajaan kepada mereka sebagai tanda penghargaan buat mereka dan keluarga.

Di antara keistimewaan yang disediakan untuk Veteran ATM

Saya telah menjawab perkara ini dengan agak panjang lebar pada ketika itu.  Mana-mana Veteran ATM sama ada pegawai mahupun lain-lain pangkat yang telah menamatkan perkhidmatan dan tidak dibuang dari perkhidmatan layak menerima kad pengenalan di bawah dan juga keistimewaan yang disediakan untuk para Veteran.

Namun masih tidak ada usaha dari pihak Kerajaan mahupun Barisan Nasional khususnya untuk mengadakan pertemuan untuk menerangkan isu serta polisi bukan sahaja kepada para Veteran ATM tetapi juga kepada pengundi akar umbi terutamanya di kawasan luar bandar.

Veteran ATM sama ada berpencen mahupun tidak, boleh menikmati tambang pesara KTM

Mereka-mereka inilah yang terdedah kepada dakyah-dakyah serta propaganda fitnah setiap hari.  Yang ironiknya, mereka inilah yang dipolitikkan oleh golongan yang marah jika Veteran ATM dipolitikkan.

Dan jangan kita lupa apa tugas Rafizi Ramli dan para pembangkang:

One of the last photos of Kan Cheong with a car. He’ll be riding bicycles soon if not executed using an anti-aircraft gun

Kim Jong Nam, the once heir apparent to former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was assassinated on the 13yh February 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) by Vietnamese and Indonesian women believed to have been recruited by North Korean agents.

Jong Nam was travelling using a North Korean diplomatic passport under the pseudonym Kim Chol, a name he had used since 2010 to travel and also for his Facebook and e-mail accounts.

That was probably how North Korean agents had tracked him down.

Although Jong Nam (or Kim Chol) was using a diplomatic passport, he was not on the list of accredited diplomats to Malaysia, and his assassination was an act of crime conducted in Malaysia, in breach of Malaysian criminal law.

Former North Korean ambassador Kang Chol, or Mr Kan Cheong, went on an overdrive to pre-empt any investigative action the Royal Malaysian Police was going to take, first by declaring that the investigation by the police cannot be trusted, and that Malaysia was working with regimes that were bent on destroying North Korea (read: South Korea and the US), and demanded that the body of the unimportant Kim Chol be returned to North Korea.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was the first to blast Mr Kan Cheong for his undiplomatic behaviour, and Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister Anifah Aman rapped the former for his conduct unbecoming of a diplomat.

That did not stop Mr Kan Cheong from continuing his attacks on Malaysia’s reputation.

It is like him (Kang Chol) speaking with a North Korean gun pointed to his head!” a senior Malaysian Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi earlier this week announced the cancellation of the visa-free facility for North Koreans travelling to Malaysia.

Zahid who spoke as the Home Minister said, “I hope the decision of the home ministry will be implemented by the immigration department for the sake of national security.”


Malaysia established diplomatic channels with North Korea in the early 1970s but did not have an embassy in Pyongyang until during the Mahathir administration in 2003.

Other than Malaysia, 23 countries including have an embassy in Pyongyang and host a North Korean embassy on their soil including Indonesia, Sweden, Germany and the UK.

The next phase of escalation would be to cut-off diplomatic ties.

A North Korean suspect who is also a chemist deported from Malaysia accused Malaysian police of threatening to kill his family unless he confessed to killing Kim. 

Ri Jong Chol, who was released after police said there was insufficient evidence to charge him, spoke to reporters in Beijing while on his way to Pyongyang.

Ri said that he wasn’t at the airport the day Kim was killed, but that police accused him of being a mastermind and presented him with “fake evidence.” He said they showed him a picture of his wife and two children, who were staying with him in Kuala Lumpur, and threatened to kill them.
I am surprised the police let him go instead of killing him and his family for his refusal to cooperate.

I am sure he said all that so he would not be made to walk through a minefield at the Great Leader’s pleasure.

Finally, at 6pm on the 4th March 2017, Mr Kan Cheong was declared a persona non grata by the Malaysian government and now has less than 35 hours to leave the country.

In a way, declaring Mr Kan Cheong almost a month after he started the fracas is a way of giving the North Korean diplomat some face. Had Malaysia sent him back during the first week, he would have been turned into dog faeces at the pleasure of the Great Leader within 60 hours of being sent home.

So Mr Kan Cheong, for your sake I do hope the Great Leader thinks you have done enough for the morherland before you got sent home.

I know you are going to miss your black Jaguar but do consider yourself lucky if the Great Leader would be kind enough to let you stay alive so you could ride on one of the People’s bicycle.


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