In the News – Kim Jong-il’s eldest son’s allowance cut off
The extravagant eldest son of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is facing cash flow problems because the Stalinist state has cut off his allowance, reports claimed Friday.
Well-known playboy and occasional critic of his father’s regime, Kim Jong-nam has been kicked out of luxury hotel in the Chinese gambling hub of Macau, according to a Russian newspaper.
The Arguments and Facts weekly claimed Jong-nam ran up a bill of £9,500 but was unable to pay because his credit card had been cancelled.
Jong-nam’s decadent lifestyle saw him ditched as the heir-apparent in favour of his younger half-brother Kim Jong-un.
“He gave us his Visa Gold card but it ended up having no money on the account,” the mass-circulated paper quoted an unnamed source at the hotel as saying.
The management of the five-star Grand Lapa Hotel, run by the Mandarin Oriental chain, then expelled the 40-year-old from his 17th-floor room, the paper said.
“We have no comment on this issue at this moment. Our PR department people are not here and they are not dealing with this,” the duty manager of the hotel told the Daily Telegraph on Friday.
When pressed, the duty manager, who gave his name as Marcos, abruptly put the phone down.
Jong-nam’s cash flow problems follow a recent interview he gave to a Japanese newspaper in which he claimed his father, who died in December last year, was against passing on his power to a third generation.
“[Heredity succession] does not fit socialism and my father was against it,” he told the Tokyo Shimbun last month.
Speculation is now rife that Pyongyang’s politburo severed the state funds awarded to the country’s infamous prodigal son, who is a frequent visitor to the southern Chinese special administrative region of Macau and well known in the small territory’s numerous casinos and plush restaurants.
Jong-nam was being groomed to succeed Kim Jong-il – but he deeply disappointed and embarrassed his father in 2001 when he was caught trying to visit Japan’s Disneyland on a false passport.
The same official said Jong-nam’s luxury apartment that he rented for his wife was paid for by the Chinese secret service while his spending money came primarily from North Korea.
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