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(File pix) Airport frontline authorities at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) are all geared up to execute the order barring North Korean citizens from leaving the country. Bernama Photo

SEPANG: Airport frontline authorities at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) are all geared up to execute the order barring North Korean citizens from leaving the country.

Business was as usual at the two busiest airports in Malaysia, even though the authorities, including Immigration and police, are in a heightened state of alert at their respective bases and stations.

An auxiliary policeman at the KLIA departure hall was seen thoroughly checking passengers' documents and flight details before allowing them to proceed to the Immigration counters.

"We follow orders," he said when asked on the order to bar North Koreans from leaving the country.

North Korea has barred Malaysians from leaving the country, triggering a tit-for-tat move by Malaysia.

Diplomatic ties between Malaysia and North Korea became strained following the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at klia2 on Feb 13. -- Bernama

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