NZ victim’s son still in trauma


The oldest son of one of the Malaysians injured in the attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand (NZ), last Friday is still in trauma and requires special attention from his mother, said the boy’s uncle in Georgetown, Penang, yesterday.

Rosdi Ahmad, 42, said his nephew, Ahmad Razif Rahimi, 11, was not physically injured in the incident, but witnessed the tragedy as he was in the Al-Noor Mosque, one of the mosques where the mass shooting took place.

He said Ahmad Razif refused to be with anyone else except his mother, Nor Azila Abdul Wahid, 39, since the tragedy.

“Nor Azila also said Rahimi underwent a second surgery to remove a bullet in his back yesterday morning and is still unconscious, but is reported in stable condition (at press time),” he added. Rosdi was met by reporters at the Penang International Airport before leaving for Christchurch with his mother Rokiah Mohammad, 65.

They were accompanied by State Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh and Bayan Lepas Assemblyman Azrul Mahathir Aziz.

Rosdi said Rahimi Ahmad, an engineer at a factory in Christchurch, underwent surgery to remove a bullet in the abdomen last Friday. “We can’t wait to see Rahimi and look at his condition, and also how his family is coping there,” he said, adding that he and his mother would probably be in NZ for a month.

“My family and I wish to thank all quarters, especially the Penang government, for the assistance in enabling us to go to NZ to see Rahimi,” he added.

Rahimi is among three Malaysians who were injured in the mass shooting at the Al-Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch. — Bernama