Malaysia to deport North Korean workers with expired visas

However, due to diplomatic tensions following the assassination of the North Korean leader's estranged half-brother, Kim Jong-nam at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) on Feb 13, the Malaysian Government had prohibited Harimau Malaysia from playing in that country due to security reasons.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Wednesday the test was done using a sample obtained from one of Kim Jong Nam's children.

The disclosure marks the first time Japanese assistance has come to light in the investigation into the fatal poison attack, which is widely believed to have been orchestrated by North Korea.

Malaysia has confirmed the identity of Kim Jong Nam's body. "This is based on a sample taken from his son", Datuk Seri Zahid told reporters.

There are four suspects at large, believed to be back in North Korea, and two people in custody regarding the case.

The comparable figure showed an upward trend in recent years with 36 in 2010, 39 in 2014 and 41 in 2016, but declined to 39 as Malaysia and Singapore recently revoked visa-free benefits for North Koreans this year, Radio Free Asia said, citing Henley & Partners's 2017 Visa Restrictions Index.

The footage was uploaded to YouTube by a group called Cheollima Civil Defense, which said it has been protecting Kim Jong-nam's family. The women - one Indonesian, one Vietnamese - have been charged with murder but say they were duped into thinking they were playing a harmless prank.

Malaysian police have identified eight North Koreans wanted for questioning in connection with the killing of Kim, some of them allegedly hiding out at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

There are nine Malaysians in North Korea - three embassy staff members and their family members.

"On March 13, we sent a letter to North Korea, saying that based on the principle of match sequence and to be played on the Federation Internationale de Football Association window, match between North Korea and Malaysia will be played on June 8".

North Korea has blamed the United States and South Korea for the high-profile murder.

The workers were employed in mines and construction sites in the state.

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