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By: Toni Ervianto*)
Predicting The Effect of Kim Jong Nam's Killing

The death of Kim Jong Nam, who as the eldest son of the late dictator Kim Jong Il has been making some effect which must be seriously watched because it could be made some of a strategic surprises which triggered raising tensions among some countries. The government of Indonesia can be learnt from these accident.

After the killing of the elder half-brother of Kim Jong-un was happened, Malaysian authorities has been detained two female suspects, Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huon based on CCTV footage of the incident. Another two men have been detained and Malaysian authorities were in pursuit of four North Korean nationals also believed to be involved. The recent news is Malaysian police had named a North Korean diplomat along with a state airline official as wanted for questioning over the murder of Kim Jong-nam.

While officials have not strictly ruled out the possibility that an Indonesian may be involved in the murder of Kim Jong-nam, Indonesia has taken a step back to allow Malaysia to conclude its investigation.

According to Malaysian law, the authorities reserve the right to deny consular access to a person involved in a legal case until the investigation has concluded. However, that it was too early to jump to any conclusions, noting the Malaysian investigators’ decision to extend Siti’s remand for another seven days due to a lack of evidence.

On going an investigation process, Malaysian authorithies has been questioning some of North Korea’s citizens such as the diplomat wanted for questioning was 44-year-old Hyon Kwang-song, a second secretary at the embassy. Police also wanted to interview Kim Uk-il, 37, an employee of the North Korean state-owned airline Air Koryo. So far, police have identified a total of eight North Koreans suspected of being linked to the murder. One, Ri Jong-chol, has been in custody since last week, and another, Ri Ji-u, remains at large. For those who have met Siti Asiyah, the notion that the 25-year-old woman from Serang, Banten, might have been capable of allegedly taking part in a vicious plot to murder a high-profile figure in a foreign country is hard to swallow.

Meanwhile, Indonesian authorities have been struggling to attain more information about Siti, including on whether she is really the woman arrested by Malaysian authorities along with a Vietnamese woman and a Malaysian man, who is said to be Siti’s boyfriend.

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As of Friday afternoon, the Directorate General of Immigration was still waiting for formal validation of Siti’s passport by the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, immigration spokesperson Agung Sampurno  told The Jakarta Post. Although formal validation is pending, the passport shows her last exit from Indonesia was to Johor Baru, Malaysia, through Batam, on the morning of Feb. 2.

Officials in Jakarta have said Indonesia will not meddle with Malaysia’s investigation into Siti, but Deputy Foreign Minister AM Fachir ensures Siti “is getting legal assistance from the embassy”. Fachir claimed he had yet to receive information that Siti was a North Korean spy.

At separate places, The Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI) said Siti’s name was not on the list of Indonesian migrant workers living in Malaysia, however many Indonesians work in Malaysia illegally.

It is unclear whether Siti is a foreign agent, but many Indonesians, including Vice President Jusuf Kalla, seem to believe that, like many Indonesian migrant workers, she has been framed and therefore is a victim in the case.

According to Malaysian police, the Indonesian woman is a spa masseuse and the Malaysian man, a caterer, is believed to be her boyfriend. The Vietnamese woman works at an entertainment outlet and the North Korean man works in the information technology department of a Malaysian company. The Indonesian woman has told investigators that she was duped into thinking she was part of a comedy show prank.

Separately, National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian told reporters that the police were also in contact with the Royal Malaysian Police. The National Police would leave it up to the Malaysian authorities to determine whether there was enough evidence to make a case against Siti and other persons of interest . “The National Police, through their representative at the embassy in Kuala Lumpur, have also been trying to meet with Siti,” Tito further said.

Raising tensions between nations

South Korean and United States officials believed the killing of the elder half-brother of Kim Jong-un was an assassination carried out by agents of the North. Kim Jong-nam had spoken out publicly against his family’s dynastic control of the isolated, nuclear-armed state.

South Korea has been quick to blame North Korea for the death of Kim Jong Nam, who as the eldest son of the late dictator Kim Jong Il was once widely seen as the ruler-in-waiting of the isolated nation. However, he fell out of favor more than a decade ago, and has spent most of his time since then living in China or Southeast Asia. The attack "showed the reckless and brutal nature of the North Korean government," Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn said Monday during a National Security Council meeting. A later statement from Hwang's office said South Korea will cooperate with the international community to make an unspecified "strong" response to North Korea over the killing.

The case has raised tensions between Malaysia and North Korea. Pyongyang demanded custody of Kim's body and strongly objected to an autopsy. The Malaysians went ahead with the procedure anyway, saying they were simply following procedure.

Kang Chol, North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia, said that Malaysia may be "trying to conceal something" and that the autopsy was carried out "unilaterally and excluding our attendance." On Monday, the Malaysian foreign ministry said it had recalled its ambassador to Pyongyang "for consultations" and had summoned Kang to a meeting, "to seek an explanation on the accusations he made against the Government of Malaysia." The statement called Kang's comments "baseless" and said it "takes very seriously any unfounded attempt to tarnish its reputation."

It said the government had kept the North Korean embassy informed of the situation, telling them that because "the death occurred in Malaysian soil under mysterious circumstances, it is the responsibility of the Malaysian Government to conduct an investigation to identify the cause of death.

Lesson learnt

We can take some lesson from the case of Kim Jong Nam’s death such as among nations specially for North Korea and Malaysia should have honored each others competence and authority to solve these cases, because its need to decrease tensions among two nations, because the increase of tensions could be made a fragile situations in the region which created some strategic surprises such as a diplomatic relation cancellation; kidnapping to nationals from two countries which done by “third player”;  the gap of trade and business relationship; until the opportunity of a war between Malaysia vs North Korea and if its might to happened, its could be endangered Indonesia’s security situation because many Indonesian has been living in Malaysia and North Korea has a missile which could reach Malaysia’s territory including its affected to Indonesian territory too.

Secondly, the government of Indonesia must be protected and helped Siti Aisyah’s case because these accidents could be made to show how the deepest of our government intention to protect their nationals at abroad. If the Indonesia’s government could protect and save Siti Aisyah from these case because she was a gullible workers and possible being duped on her cases, it might be a strong reasons for Indonesian government officials to save Siti Aisyah. If it is success, it will make and grow a proud sense to being Indonesian citizens, because their countries and their government have a competency to protect their life and their hope. Hopefully.

*) The writer is a national and international political issues observer. One of Cersia’s founder. Lives in Jakarta.


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