Malaysian victim still in ICU, awaiting surgery

Penang exco Phee Boon Poh (second from right) speaks to Rahimi Ahmad’s mother, Rokiah Mohammad (in brown tudung) and brother, Rosdi Ahmad before leaving for Christchurch, New Zealand. (Bernama pic)

GEORGE TOWN: A Malaysian who was shot in the Christchurch mosque attack is showing positive signs and will have to undergo a follow-up surgery.

Rahimi Ahmad, 39, a milk factory worker in New Zealand, was shot twice during the attack at Al-Noor Jumaat Mosque on Friday. He is still depending on a respiratory machine in the Intensive Care Unit and will undergo an operation to remove bullet fragments tomorrow.

Bayan Lepas assemblyman Azrul Mahathir Aziz said Rahimi’s mother, Rokiah Mohammad and his brother Rosdi Ahmad arrived today and rushed to Christchurch Hospital where all Malaysian victims were being treated.

“We were told by the hospital that Rahimi’s injuries showed signs of recovery but he needed to undergo a surgical washout tomorrow,” he said in a WhatsApp message.

Azrul and Penang executive councillor Phee Boon Poh, representing the state government, had accompanied Rahimi’s mother, Rokiah, 65, and brother Rosdi, 42, on the flight to New Zealand yesterday.

Azrul and Phee also visited two other Malaysian victims, Mohd Tarmizi and Mohd Nazril Hisham Omar who were warded at the same hospital.

Tarmizi who sustained injuries to the back is expected to have another surgery tomorrow while Nazril who was injured on the leg and back needs to undergo a surgical washout.

“But what is worrying is that we understand Tarmizi’s son, Mohd Haziq Mohd Tarmizi, 17, has yet to be found. We hope Haziq will be found safe,” he said.

He also called on Malaysians to pray for the speedy recovery of all victims here.