Johor crown prince allowed direct flights to Pyongyang

TMJ-KoreaPETALING JAYA: Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim yesterday granted an audience to North Korean envoy Kim Yu Song, during which the Johor crown prince was given full access to North Korea’s airspace.

This means that Tunku Ismail, better known as TMJ, will not have to stop in Beijing before landing in Pyongyang as is normal practice.

A statement posted on Facebook read: “HRH Crown Prince of Johor was also given a special honour of being allowed full access to use their airspace to travel from Johor to Pyongyang anytime His Royal Highness wants to visit North Korea.

“It is the highest honour as any other world leader will need to stop by in Beijing beforehand.”

The meeting between Yu Song and Tunku Ismail, who is president of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), also covered issues such as foreign relations and the upcoming Group B match of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifying final round.

The match was originally scheduled for March 28, and then June 8. However, it was called off both times due to security concerns following the diplomatic fallout between Malaysia and North Korea over the murder of Kim Jong Nam in February.

The match is now set to take place in Pyongyang on Oct 5.