Agong offers condolences to family of Malaysian teen who died in Christchurch shooting

KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today extended his condolences and sympathy to the family of Muhammad Haziq Mohd Tarmizi, the Malaysian teen killed in the Christchurch massacre last Friday.

The Agong also reminded Malaysians to respect the feelings of others and give their support to family members of the victims who died or were injured in facing the challenge from the tragedy.

“The Agong reminds Malaysians to fiercely reject any form of violence and hate-based incitement spread by irresponsible groups, which includes using excuses such as hatred against Islamic teachings and followers of the religion.

“There is no religion that encourages its followers to use any form of violence against other individuals,” according to a statement from Istana Negara issued by the Comptroller of the royal household Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin.

The Agong also expressed his appreciation to Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah for handling the incident in detail, including dispatching senior officials from his ministry and Malaysian High Commissioner in Wellington to Christchurch to offer assistance.

His Majesty also expressed his appreciation to the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Mujahid Yusof Rawa who went to Christchurch to provide his support and assistance.

“Appreciation is also extended to the New Zealand government for the cooperation and assistance rendered to the victims affected including getting them the needed medical treatment.” said the Agong.

Haziq was among 50 people killed in the random shooting on March 15 by a white supremacist at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch.

Haziq’s father, Mohd Tarmizi Shuib, 42, and two other Malaysians, Muhammad Nazril Hisham Omar, 46, and Rahimi Ahmad, 39, were also injured in the attack.