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Police confirm existence of companies linked to North Korean ‘spies’

 | February 28, 2017

Police are constantly taking measures to ensure Malaysia is not used for activities 'detrimental to national security', says IGP Khalid Abu Bakar.

khalidabubakar-glocomPETALING JAYA: Police today said the two companies named in a recent Reuters report as fronts for North Korea to carry out espionage activities from Malaysia were currently in the process of being “struck off”.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed that both International Global System Sdn Bhd and International Golden Services Sdn Bhd were registered in the country.

Khalid said police were constantly taking measures to ensure Malaysia was not used for activities “detrimental to national security”.

“We have also taken all necessary actions to comply with international regulations with regards to related sanctions,” he said.

Yesterday, Reuters cited a United Nations report to the UN Security Council, which named Glocom, short for Global Communications Co, as being a company controlled by North Korean intelligence with overseas operations and weapons procurement.

The revelation comes amid worsening ties between Malaysia and North Korea, in the wake of the death of the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Sepang on Feb 13.

Kim Jong Nam was believed to have been poisoned by two assassins as he waited at the klia2 low-cost carrier terminal. Many have pointed the finger at Pyongyang, saying Jong Nam’s death benefits the regime.

Reuters yesterday reported that Glocom advertised over 30 radio systems for “military and paramilitary” organisations on its Malaysian website, glocom.com.my, which has since been taken down.

It said the website was registered in 2009 by “two Malaysian companies controlled by North Korean shareholders and directors”.

One of the companies used an address in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, the report added.

Glocom, said the report, had thrice taken part in Malaysia’s biennial arms show, Defence Services Asia (DSA).

The report said in July last year, an air shipment of North Korean military communications equipment bound for Eritrea had been intercepted, and the seized equipment included 45 boxes of battlefield radios and accessories labelled “Glocom”.

North Korea is under an arms embargo by the UN due to its refusal to cooperate with international agencies over alleged nuclear arms.



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