“Reasonable” time will be given for the diplomat to come forward before police take further action, said Selangor police chief Datuk Seri Abdul Samah Mat (pic).
On Wednesday, Malaysia said 44-year-old Hyon Kwang Song, a second secretary at the North Korean embassy here, was wanted for questioning over the death of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
He said if the person concerned did not cooperate the police would issue a notice under Malaysian law, “compelling” them to appear before the investigation team.
“And if he failed to turn up upon given this notice, then we will go to the next step by getting a warrant of arrest from the court,” he told reporters.
Eight North Koreans are wanted in connection with the case, including the diplomat.
One has been detained by the Malaysian police, four are believed to have fled to North Korea, while two others are still in Malaysia.
However, the tough talks unlikely to produce any immediate result – after all these peoples are North Korean.
Newly declassified US’s National Security Agency document linked Malaysia to recent massive cyberattack on Sony over comedy movie The Interview blamed on North Korea.
The U.S. spy agency drilled into the Chinese networks that connect North Korea to the outside world, picked through connections in Malaysia favoured by North Korean hackers and penetrated directly into the North with the help of South Korea and other U.S. allies according to a Canadian website citing a former U.S. and foreign officials.
A classified security agency program reportedly place malware that could track the internal workings of many of the computers and networks used by the North’s hackers numbered roughly 6,000 people the site said.
Most are commanded by the country’s main intelligence service, called the Reconnaissance General Bureau, and Bureau 121, its secretive hacking unit, with a large outpost in China.
The evidence gathered by the “early warning radar” of software painstakingly hidden to monitor North Korea’s activities proved critical in persuading President Barack Obama to accuse the government of Kim Jong Un of ordering the Sony attack, according to the officials and experts, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the classified NSA operation.
On a day when China sought to claim a grander role on the world stage in managing global commerce, a seemingly thoughtful gesture by the Russian president ended up awkwardly upstaging his Chinese counterpart.
At a chilly outdoors event at the Asia-Pacific summit in Beijing, Russian leader Vladimir Putin took it upon himself Tuesday to wrap a shawl around the shoulders of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s wife.
She accepted with a broad smile, but quickly removed the shawl and accepted one from her own attendants.
The incident became instant fodder for jokes, as it made Putin look gallant and Xi (who was conversing with Barack Obama) inattentive to his wife.
Off-color jokes added to the cringe factor, as many Chinese women see the divorced Putin as a sexy macho man, and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan was a glamorous recording star before her husband became a somebody.
“China is traditionally conservative on public interaction between unrelated men and women, and the public show of consideration by Putin may provide fodder for jokes, which the big boss probably does not like,” Beijing-based historian and independent commentator Zhang Lifan explained.
Video of the incident was removed from China’s CCTV and scrubbed from China’s censored Internet.
Singaporeans outraged by an electronics shop that left a Vietnamese tourist in tears after a phone-sale scam have raised thousands of dollars to compensate him, a crowdfunding site shows.
Factory worker Pham Van Thoai, 28, on Monday forked out $Sg950 ($A789) to buy a new iPhone 6 in the Sim Lim Square electronics mall, which has long been known to victimise tourists.
But employees of the “Mobile Air” store refused to allow him to leave with the phone unless he paid an additional $Sg1500 in “warranty fees”. He was eventually given a partial refund of $Sg400, with no phone in hand, after police intervention.
A video widely shared on social media showed Pham kneeling down and begging the shop owner and employees for his full cash payment while they laughed at him.
Singapore media reports said Pham earns the equivalent of $A170 a month in Vietnam and had saved up for months to buy the latest iPhone for his girlfriend.
A crowdfunding campaign launched on the Indiegogo portal to buy Pham an iPhone 6 reached $US11,000 ($A11,901) by midday on Thursday, with more than 1400 donors.
“This is not OK, this is not right. We are NOT a nation of thieves and cheats,” wrote Singaporean technology entrepreneur Gabriel Kang, who initiated the campaign a day after the incident.
“While we cannot undo those traumatic and humiliating scenes he has had to endure, we can try to make things right. Let’s give the man an iPhone 6!,” Kang wrote on the campaign site.
Despite the huge amount collected on his behalf, Pham said he would only accept the amount he had to forfeit at the store.
“I will accept only $550 donated by kind people. Nothing more. I’m grateful for all your kindness but I do not want to take more than what I’ve lost,” he told the Chinese-language Lianhe Zaobao newspaper.
The incident has touched a raw nerve in wealthy, tech-savvy Singapore, which depends heavily on tourism revenues. The city-state of 5.5 million people attracted nearly 16 million tourists in 2013.
The six-storey Sim Lim Square mall has a bad reputation for a small number of rogue retailers who prey on unsuspecting tourists looking to purchase the latest gadgets before returning home.
WASHINGTON – In a decision likely to anger China, the US is partly lifting a 40-year ban on arms sales to former foe Vietnam to help boost defenses in the tense South China Sea.
The historic easing of the ban in place since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 will only apply to maritime equipment, State Department officials stressed, and comes amid warming ties and as Hanoi makes “modest” improvements to human rights.
“What’s driving this is not a sudden desire to transfer military equipment to Vietnam writ large, but a specific need in the region,” said one official, highlighting what he called Vietnam’s lack of capacity in the disputed waters and America’s own national security interests.
“It’s useful in trying to deal with the territorial disputes in the South China Sea to bolster the capacity of our friends in the region to maintain a maritime presence in some capacity.”
Some 40 percent of the world’s seaborne trade passes through the sea which is claimed in part by Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia, as well as China and the Philippines.
Although the United States has not taken sides in the territorial disputes, it has warned Beijing against “destabilizing actions” amid a series of tense maritime incidents.
Secretary of State John Kerry informed his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Min during talks Thursday of Washington’s move to adjust the current policy “to allow the transfer of defense equipment, including lethal defense equipment, for maritime security purposes only,” a senior State Department official said.
Kerry later praised “the transformation” in Vietnam since the US normalized diplomatic relations two decades ago, calling it “nothing short of amazing.”
“Vietnam has become a modern nation and an important partner of the United States. And (when) we talk to the young people in Vietnam you can feel the enthusiasm for the potential of the future,” he told a US-ASEAN business council dinner.
US officials denied the policy change was “anti-China” and insisted they had no specific sales to outline so far, but would consider each request from Hanoi on a “case-by-case” basis.
And they sought to allay any concerns from Beijing saying it was purely a defensive measure.
“We’re not talking about destabilizing systems, we’re talking about defensive capabilities… These are not things that are going to tip the regional balance,” a second State Department official said, also asking not to be named.
Any sales would be done in close consultation with the US Congress, and would be heavily focused on equipping the Vietnamese coastguard, the State Department officials said.
And they acknowledged that airborne defense systems would also be considered for sale if they included a maritime capacity.
“This policy supports Vietnam’s efforts to improve its maritime domain awareness and maritime security capabilities,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.
Officials said however that the easing of the ban did not mean all arms sales were now on the table to the communist-run authorities amid continuing concerns about rights such as freedom of expression and religion.
“It’s not an indication that we are going to provide all lethal assistance now, it just simply says we can remove what has been a hinderance to our ability to provide legitimate maritime capacity,” the second unnamed State Department official said. — AFP
A white tiger mauled to death a school student in a New Delhi zoo today, an official and a witness said.
Television channels broadcast closed-circuit footage of the frightened boy inside the tiger’s enclosure in the zoo that houses six white tigers, along with lions and panthers.
“We are all in a complete state of shock,” said Amitabh Agnihotri, the director of the National Zoological Park in the Indian capital, adding that the body was being sent for a post-mortem examination.
“The tiger grabbed the youth and killed him. I am not clear whether the youth jumped into the cage or he slipped accidentally.”
Authorities have yet to ascertain whether the student was alone or accompanied by friends.
“The barricade was too low and it seems the tiger grabbed the youth into his cage and firmly latched on to the youth’s neck,” an eyewitness who alerted the police told an Indian news channel.
“We tried to throw sticks and stones at the tiger but we could not save the youth,” he said, adding that the tiger killed him in less than 10 minutes.
In 2000 a tiger mauled a man in a zoo in the eastern state of West Bengal.
In 2011, India had 1,706 tigers, or more than half the world’s population of the endangered species. – Reuters