KUANTAN: The three injured Malaysians in the Christchurch terror attacks are in stable condition and will be undergoing surgery, says Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
They are Mohd Tarmizi Shuib, 46, Rahimi Ahmad, 39, and Mohd Nazril Hisham Omar, 46.
Mohd Tarmizi’s son Muhd Haziq, 17, was still missing as of 11am Malaysian time yesterday.
“He was with his father when the incident happened. Muhd Haziq’s brother Muhd Haris, 12, is now being treated for trauma at a children’s hospital.
“We pray for the injured to recover quickly and for Muhd Haziq to be found soon,” Saifuddin said after opening the SK Indera Mahkota Utama Parent-Teacher Association meeting here yesterday.
He said Wisma Putra would facilitate the process of bringing the victims’ families to Christchurch.
The attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday saw 49 people shot dead and more than 40 people injured.
Saifuddin said there were about 1,000 Malaysians in Christchurch, of whom 208 were students.
“As far as we know, the students and other Malaysians are all safe,” said Saifuddin, adding that Malaysian High Commissioner to New Zealand Nur Izzah Wong Mee Choo reported the situation as stable.
He said there was no need to issue a travel advisory to New Zealand but advised Malaysians in Christchurch to remain vigilant and contact the High Commission if needed.He also said a diplomatic service officer and a military attache from the High Commission in Wellington arrived in Christchurch to render assistance while another senior official from Wisma Putra was on the way to New Zealand.
On reports of Queensland Senator Fraser Anning claiming the attacks highlighted the growing fear of an increasing Muslim presence in Australia and New Zealand, Saifuddin said this was a no time for making provocative statements.