N Korean embassy vandalised, cops probing motive

The vandalised walls of the North Korean embassy in Bukit Damansara. (Twitter pic by Sumisha Naidu)

PETALING JAYA: Police are investigating an incident which saw vandals deface the walls of the North Korean embassy in Bukit Damansara early this morning.

Brickfields police chief Ruslan Khalid said four suspects, wearing hats and masks, spray-painted the words “Free Korea” in Korean.

The suspects, who have yet to be identified, also spray-painted a few symbols which have yet to be deciphered.

“We are probing the matter from all angles to determine the motive,” he said in a statement, adding that the incident is being investigated under Section 427 of the Penal Code for vandalism.

The defacing of the embassy’s walls came hours before the Malaysian court’s decision to drop charges against an Indonesian woman accused in the 2017 killing of the North Korean Kim Jong Nam.

Siti Aisyah, along with Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, was accused of poisoning Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with liquid VX, a banned chemical weapon, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 in February 2017.

The murder saw Malaysia’s once-close ties with North Korea severely downgraded with North Korea’s ambassador to Malaysia questioning the credibility of the police probe and insisting that Jong Nam was an ordinary citizen who had died of a heart attack.

Malaysia then recalled its ambassador to North Korea, banned its citizens from travelling to the North and cancelled visa-free entry for North Koreans.

North Korea retaliated with a travel ban on all Malaysians in Pyongyang, trapping three diplomats and six family members. They later returned home safely.

In June, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Putrajaya will reopen its embassy in Pyongyang.