Business as usual at klia2, measures added for passenger safety

SEPANG: It is business as usual at the KL International Airport 2 (klia2), but additional security measures have been put in place following an incident on Monday where a North Korean man had died.


A Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) spokesman said the additional security measures included the deployment of plainclothes police officers.


A North Korean man who went by the name of Kim Chol had sought help at the customer service counter at klia2 on Monday and reportedly died on the way to hospital.


Foreign media had reported that the man was Kim Jong-nam, an elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and that he was poisoned by two women said to be North Korean operatives.


The  spokesman said the airport operator had to keep a check on the foreign journalists who had come in droves to the airport following the incident.


These journalists were given about 10 minutes to take photographs and videos at the airport and advised to leave klia2, he said.


“This case has been taken over by the police. The foreign journalists keep bugging the passengers and they (passengers) get uncomfortable. We, MAHB, need to take care of the welfare of the passengers,” he said.


Meanwhile, a taxi marshal at klia2 who only wanted to be known as Jebat said he was not aware of the incident as he was on leave then but he learned that one of his colleagues was questioned by the police. — Bernama