Mecca crane tragedy: No pact on time period for aid


KOTA BHARU: There is no binding agreement between the Malaysian and Saudi Arabian governments on the time period for the handing over of aid to families of Malaysian victims of the crane collapse tragedy in Mecca last year.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Senator Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki added that, as such, there was no issue of lateness on the handing over of the aid to the families of the seven Malaysian pilgrims who were killed in the tragedy last September as it was only a contribution and not compensation.

“The Saudi Arabian government has taken full responsibility for the incident and has announced that it would give contributions (not compensation). That is why there has been no agreement made between the Saudi and Malaysian governments to ensure the contributions are channelled swiftly within a certain period.

“Meanwhile, as Malaysian citizens were involved in the tragedy, it is also the Malaysian Government’s responsibility to constantly communicate with the Saudi Government on the matter,” he told reporters after attending the World#QuranHour programme at the Muhammadi Mosque here today.

Also present were Karangkraf Media Group Chief Operating Officer Syahmi Fahim Mohd Fahim and State Islamic Development, Dakwah, Information and Regional Relations Committee Deputy Chairman Dr Yusnan Yussof.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud, who is the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, had instructed that a payment of SR1 million (RM1.14 million) be given to the families of those who were killed and victims who were permanently disabled and SR500,000 for each injured pilgrim.