All the North Koreans in Malaysia are under the 'Malaysia My Second Home' (MM2H) program, said Inspector-general of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.
The IGP said that they would leave it up to the Immigration Department and the Home Ministry to decide whether these individuals should return to North Korea after deciding to end diplomatic ties with Malaysia.
Daily NK reported that North Korea had not recalled hundreds of their citizens, including 'secret agents' of the country's Munition Industry Department (MID). They claimed that these 'secret agents' are involved in the smuggling of luxury goods and weapons.
According to Daily NK's report, North Korea has long used Malaysia as a stopover when it performs illegal trade with the Middle East and Africa. The secret agents from MID smuggle North Korean weapons into Iran, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates and import weapons from other countries to North Korea.
They also made claims that Malaysian authorities have turned a blind eye to these agents and illegal residences.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government had not received a report on allegations that North Korea still allowed their secret agents to use Malaysia as a transit point to purchase weapons and luxury goods.
More to come.