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RESPONSE TO THE STAR’S ARTICLE ON THE CHRISTCHURCH INCIDENT
The Ministry wishes to refer to the article in The Star dated 18 March 2019 and would like to highlight that the information given in the article was inaccurate. The Government of Malaysia is doing its best to assist the victims and their families.
In addition to the two officials from the High Commission of Malaysia in Wellington, who flew down to Christchurch on the earliest available flight on Saturday, 16 March 2019, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also deployed the Deputy Secretary General (Multilateral Affairs) to provide the necessary assistance to the victims and their families. After attending to matters relating to the incident in Wellington, including a briefing given by the New Zealand Police and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to the foreign missions and signing the condolence book at the Parliament on behalf of the Government on 18 March 2019, High Commissioner of Malaysia to New Zealand, Nur Izzah Wong Mee Choo, arrived in Christchurch yesterday evening.
In terms of immediate financial assistance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed over personal contributions from Malaysians including those based in Wellington to each of the family yesterday evening. More financial contribution from multiple sources is expected to trickle in this week. With regard to the family’s expectation for financial assistance from the Malaysian Government, we have explained that it is subjected to various financial procedures and regulations.
We have explained to the families that the New Zealand Government has given assurance that all of the victims affected by the shooting incident will be covered by the local Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). This would cover medical requirements including physiotherapy, compensation up to 80% of the loss of monthly income and other assistance needed during the victims’ recovery process. They are also eligible to the relief fund under the Christchurch Muslim Crisis Group and the Christchurch Shooting Victims Fund. We are making the necessary arrangements to assist the victims in accessing the funds available to them.
With regards to the recovery process of the three victims, the Ministry wishes to update that they are making steady progress and showing positive response to treatments. As of 18 March 2019, one Malaysian is still classified as missing.
Yesterday evening, family members of the victims, some Malaysian community including students, YB Azrul Mahathir Aziz, and the Ministry’s officials, gathered for congregational prayers and Yasin recitation. They were also joined by YB Phee Boon Poh.
19 March 2019