PETALING JAYA: Malaysian teenager Muhammad Haziq Mohd Tarmizi who was killed in the mosque massacre in New Zealand was laid to rest yesterday at the Linwood Cemetery in Christchurch.
Muhammad Haziq, 17, was confirmed dead by Wisma Putra late Wednesday, days after he went missing after the Christchurch terror attack.
Three other Malaysians were injured in the incident. They were Muhammad Haziq's father Mohd Tarmizi Shuib, 42, Mohd Nazril Hisham Omar, 46, and Rahimi Ahmad, 39.
Muhammad Haziq's 12-year-old brother Muhammad Haris escaped unharmed but had to undergo treatment for trauma.
Malaysian student Aiman Saiful Adli from the University of Canterbury said Muhammad Haziq's remains were laid to rest at the Muslim section of the Linwood Cemetery at 3pm local time yesterday.
Muhammad Haziq's parents, siblings and family members from Malaysia accompanied his remains at the funeral home.
The father and other male members of his family later attended the burial at the cemetery, joined by the Malaysian community and many other Muslims from different nationalities.
Aiman said all the mosque massacre victims were regarded as martyrs.
He also said that New Zealanders had become more caring after the terrorist attack.
“They have always been nice and courteous towards us. After the incident, they have become even more caring and concerned about our well-being and safety,” said Aiman.
Meanwhile, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin of Selangor extended their condolences to the family of Muhammad Haziq.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong also expressed his condolences and condemned the attack as inhuman.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail expressed sadness over Muhammad Haziq's death.
Other ministers who had expressed condolences include Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu.
Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also extended his heartfelt condolences to Muhammad Haziq's family.
The attack by the lone gunman at two mosques left 51 dead and scores more injured.