KUALA LUMPUR: The next-of-kin of three Malaysians killed in a traffic accident in Kaikoura, New Zealand on Friday arrived in Christchurch, today.
The group is currently at the Christchurch Hospital for the identification process of the deceased.
The relatives will later visit two family members who were critically injured in the crash who are being treated at the Christchurch Hospital and the Wellington Hospital.
“The next-of-kin, who arrived from Malaysia this morning, (were) taken to the Christchurch Hospital to identify the dead victims.
“(Meanwhile), the youngest victim is being treated at the Wellington Hospital – and (we are) monitoring the situation while waiting for the next-of-kin to arrive,” Malaysian High Commissioner to New Zealand, Nur Izzah Wong Mee Choo, told NST when contacted.
Nur Izzah, however, denied reports that one of the critically injured has died, and reiterated that the number of Malaysians killed in the accident stands at three.
The deceased have been identified as Dr Rumihati Abd Hamid, 49; her husband, [email protected] Jeman, 49; and one of their three daughters, whose identity has yet to be ascertained.
The accident occurred when the car the Malaysian family was travelling in collided with a truck on the State Highway 1 in northern Kaikoura at around 3.15am on Friday.
The couple and their three daughters, aged 15, 13 and 11, arrived in New Zealand on Dec 2 for a family holiday.