KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian High Commission in Wellington is exhausting all efforts to locate Malaysian teen Mohd Haziq Mohd Tarmizi who is listed as missing following the attacks at two mosques in Christchurch.
However, a spokesman from the High Commission said they could only do so much due to lack of manpower and legal limitations.
The New Straits Times was made to understand that Malaysian representatives in Christchurch were checking with hospitals as well as the authorities and local communities.
Haziq, 17, is the son of Mohd Tarmizi Shuib, 42, who is currently being treated for gunshot wounds at the Christchurch Hospital following Friday's massacre at the Al Noor Mosque.
Tarmizi's 49-year-old sister, who only wanted to be known as Mariani, told the NST that there has been no update on Haziq’s whereabouts.
Mariani said that she, her brother Zakaria and their cousin Nordiana were flying to Christchurch.
She asked Malaysians to pray for her nephew in the hope of positive news.
On the legal limitations, the High Commission spokesman said due to the country's Privacy Act 1993, the best hope was for an update from the New Zealand government.
He said the New Zealand government had stated that they will release all the names of the deceased by Wednesday after they finish contacting family members.
Tarmizi's other son Mohd Haris, 12, is undergoing treatment at one of the children's hospitals in Christchurch due to trauma.
Two other Malaysians — Mohd Nazril Hisham Omar, 46 and Rahimi Ahmad, 39 — were injured in the attack. They are also currently being treated at Christchurch Hospital and reported to be in a stable condition.