THE two Malaysian companies allegedly used by the North Korean spy agency as a business front to sell military equipment in violation of UN sanctions are in the process of being removed from the companies’ register, local police said.
National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said in a statement Tuesday that Malaysia is aware of the two firms which, according to a Reuters report on the matter, were the entities linked to the registration of the Glocom.com.my website in 2009.
He said, however, that the companies – International Global System and International Golden Services – were set up as multimedia and IT businesses in 2005 and 2012 respectively, and both are “in the process of being struck off”.
“The RMP (Royal Malaysia Police) is constantly monitoring and taking preemptive measures to ensure that Malaysia is not being used to carry out any activities that would be detrimental to national security.
“We have also taken all necessary actions to comply with international regulations with regards to related sanctions,” Khalid said.
In its Monday report, Reuters cited information from a UN report drafted for the Security Council which stated that Glocom is a front company controlled by the Reconnaissance General Bureau that sells battlefield radio equipment in violation of UN sanctions.
The newswire said no company by the name of Glocom exists in Malaysia but the website and company registration documents name the two Malaysian firms, which are controlled by North Korean shareholders and directors. It said the website was registered by International Global System while International Global Services is listed as the contact point on the site.
The website taken down last year also lists its address in Kuala Lumpur’s “Little India” but Reuters said no one answers the door there and its mailbox is stuffed with unopened letters.
Khalid’s statement came amid an investigation into the assassination of Kim Jong Un, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader on Feb 13 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Last week, the police chief said the deadly VX agent was found based on swabs from the eyes and face of Jong Nam.
The agent used to kill Jong Nam is considered an extremely toxic substance used in chemical warfare as a nerve agent. The liquid has an amber-like colour and is tasteless and odorless, making it difficult to detect.
The substance, which is said to be one of the world’s deadliest, is also classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations in UN Resolution 687.
Jong Nam, 46, was killed while preparing to board a flight to Macau, where he lived in exile with his family under the protection of Beijing.
On Feb 13, a Vietnamese woman and a Indonesian woman had reportedly wiped a liquid on Jong Nam’s face. They later washed their hands at the airport toilet and fled the scene.
Khalid had also said upon arrest, one of the women had vomited several times, which was a tell-tale symptom of exposure to the deadly chemical.
South Korean and U.S. officials believe the killing was an assassination carried out by agents of the North.