IGP: Two firms with links to North Korea being struck off

Two Malaysian companies with alleged links to a North Korean spy agency are in the process of being struck off, Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

Khalid named them as International Global System Sdn Bhd and International Golden Services Sdn Bhd.

He said the two companies were identified in a Reuters report as having links with Glocom – a front company run by North Korean intelligence agents with a listed address in Kuala Lumpur’s Little India.

“It has been established by the source of the report that no company by the name of Glocom exists in Malaysia.

“However, it stated that the website of Glocom.my was registered in 2009 by an entity called International Global Services. A similarly named company, International Golden Services, was listed as the contact point on the website,” Khalid said.

Malaysian police are aware of the two companies and confirmed that both are in the process of being struck off, he added.

“The police are constantly monitoring and taking pre-emptive 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 regard to related sanctions,” he said.

According to the Reuters report, Glocom is a front company run by North Korean intelligence agents that sells battlefield radio equipment in violation of United Nations sanctions.

While Glocom has a Malaysian address, Reuters cited a draft UN report which found that the company is operated by the Pyongyang branch of a Singapore-based company called Pan Systems.

Glocom also reportedly advertised over 30 radio systems for “military and paramilitary” organisations on its Malaysian website, glocom.com.my.

Issues surrounding possible security threats concerning North Korea came to light following the alleged assassination of Kim Jong-nam on Feb 13 at KLIA2.

Jong-nam, 45, is the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Malaysian authorities have said he died after being administered with a chemical that has properties consistent with the deadly VX nerve agent. – Malaysiakini

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