Wisma Putra ‘doing all it can’






Light in the darkness: Mourners lighting candles to pay respects to the victims of Friday’s shooting outside the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. — AP

Light in the darkness: Mourners lighting candles to pay respects to the victims of Friday’s shooting outside the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. — AP

PETALING JAYA: Wisma Putra is giving all necessary assistance needed by the three Malaysian victims injured in the mosque attack in Christchurch, according to a senior official.

Deputy secretary-general (multilateral) Datuk Nadzirah Osman said immediate help included financial aid channelled to them and their families.

She said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah had given a personal donation for their immediate needs.

“There is also a large community of Malaysians who collected funds in aid of the families,” she said in Christchurch.

Nadzirah, who met families of the victims yesterday, said the Wisma team would visit the victims today.

She refuted claims that the victims had to set up their own fund due to a lack of support.

Several Malaysians who attended the meeting with Nadzirah and the country’s High Commission officials in New Zealand said they were unhappy that those with relatives missing in the aftermath of the attack were being forced to do things on their own.

They claimed that they had to set up a “Christchurch Malaysian Relief Fund” to help the injured and their families.

“The meeting was more on whether the locals can provide babysitting (services), transportation, food and to find out the financial aspects of the families involved.

“The immediate help came from Malaysians residing in Christchurch. We decided among ourselves after the meeting to set up a fund without waiting for the Malaysian government’s help,” said one person who attended the meeting.

A new Facebook page, purportedly set up by the “Christchurch Malaysian Relief Fund”, claimed that it was endorsed by the Malaysian High Commission based in Wellington.

“This fund is to immediately relieve the burden faced by the affected Malaysian families. They include but are not limited to Rahimi Ahmad, Mohd Tarmizi Shuib and Mohd Nazril Hisham Omar,” according to a statement issued by the fund.

A check showed that the fund was later dissolved and the FB page administration for the group closed.

The attack on two mosques in Christchurch claimed 51 lives and left dozens more injured.

Wisma Putra had confirmed that three Malaysians were injured and a 17-year-old missing.

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