Malaysia says it will give Kim's family time to claim body


How did it all kick off?

The Malaysian government believes Mr Kim, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's half-brother, died when two women smeared his face with a nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur's airport in February.

"There were 2,435 North Koreans in Malaysia previously and now there are 315 of them here".

Two Asian women, one from Indonesia and the other from Vietnam, have been charged with murder and face the death penalty if convicted.

Who is behind the attack?

It has widely been speculated that Pyongyang may have ordered the assassination of Jong Nam, who was waiting to board a flight to Macau, where he had been living in exile.

The deceased was initially identified as Kim Chol from the name mentioned in his passport - the same name that North Korean officials used to claim the body.

Late a year ago, the US Department of Justice released an extensive report on their 1MDB investigation. Why hasn't Kim's family come forward? We do not know what their demands are.

But he did not reveal his whereabouts or offer to claim his father's body. They said they were conned into thinking they were taking part in a harmless prank.

"If there is a claim, we will adopt several approaches and obtain confirmation from the Attorney-General's Chambers on the handling of the remains", he said.

The use of VX nerve agent, a toxin so deadly it is classed as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations, has also raised questions, particularly since the women did not come to serious harm despite handling it.

"We have established that Kim Chol is Kim Jong Nam", Malaysian national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said.

On Sunday, a three-minute 18-second video of Ibrahim conducting a ritual on a beach, this time "to protect Malaysia from a North Korean nuclear attack", went viral.

Pyongyang retaliated by formally expelling his Malaysian counterpart, who had already left for consultations, and later barred Malaysians in North Korea from leaving the country, triggering a tit-for-tat move by Kuala Lumpur.

As much as I agree Malaysians need to support the government in its efforts to bring back the stranded citizens home from North Korea, I also can't help but think this could be the best thing that has happened to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's administration.

"Now with the positive identification of the body, we are told that he had a wife or wives and children", Health Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam said.