If unclaimed, Kim Jong-nam's remains may be buried in Malaysia

GEORGE TOWN - The body of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, may be buried in Malaysia if it is unclaimed.

This is normal procedure for any unclaimed body, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said.

"Usually, we would release the body to the next of kin. However, if it is unclaimed, we will bury the body.

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"There is no time frame as to when to release the body.

"In the case of Jong-nam, we are not in a hurry to dispose of the body.

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"Since this is a high profile case, wait for our decision," he said in a text message yesterday.

Earlier, Dr Hilmi told reporters after flagging off the MTB Jamboree Balik Pulau that the Health Ministry needed some time to decide on what to do with the remains of Jong-nam.

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The body was handed over to the ministry on Friday by the police.

Meanwhile, the diplomatic tension between Malaysia and North Korea will not result in a war between both nations, said Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

But the Defence Minister said the bilateral ties of both nations had been affected.

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