Nine Malaysian, including embassy staff, earlier barred from leaving North Korea have safely returned home on Thursday, New Straits Times Online reported on Friday.
All of us would like to thank Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak from the bottom of our heart for the leadership, support and personal involvement in ensuring our safe and speedy return, said Malaysian embassy counselor in North Korea, Mohd Nor Azrin Md Zain.
Najib, on Thursday, issued a statement, announcing that North Korea has allowed the nine Malaysians, barred from leaving the hermit state for three weeks, to return to Malaysia.
He also announced that the North Koreans were allowed to leave Malaysia and the remains of Kim Jong-nam, deceased half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-urn, would be returned to his family as requested following the completion of an autopsy and approval of the coroner.
Nevertheless, the prime minister stressed that investigation into the mysterious death of Kim Jong-nam would continue.
Mohd Nor said they were worried when they were barred from leaving North Korea because they had done nothing wrong. He added, however, that they were relieved as they were able to communicate through telephone calls and WhatsApp with Kuala Lumpur.
He thanked other embassies for being helpful and some even offered to bring in foodstuff and other supplies when they travelled to Beijing.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)