KUALA LUMPUR: The remains of three Malaysians killed in a traffic accident in Kaikoura, New Zealand on Friday will be buried in Christchurch instead of being repatriated to Sabah.
Malaysian High Commissioner to New Zealand, Nur Izzah Wong Mee Choo, said arrangements are being made for the trio’s funeral, expected to take place on Monday.
She also confirmed that the deceased are Dr Rumihati Abd Hamid and her husband Adanan Jemain, both 49; and their second daughter, Nuraleeyah Maisarah Arifah, 13.
“The remains of the three victims will be buried in Christchurch as per the request of their next-of-kin, who arrived in New Zealand, this morning.
“The Malaysian High Commission is assisting the family in making the funeral arrangements,” she said when contacted by the NST.
Meanwhile, assistance and monitoring of the couple’s two critically-injured daughters – Nur Irfan, 15, who is being treated at the Christchurch Hospital; and Nur Arifah, 11, who is receiving treatment at the Wellington Hospital – are being provided by the High Commission.
The family’s next-of-kin from Putatan, Sabah, arrived in Christchurch today and were brought to the Christchurch Hospital for help in the identification process of the three deceased victims.
They were later transported to the Wellington Hospital to visit Nur Arifah, who is fighting for her life.
The family of five had been travelling in northern Kaikoura when the car they were in collided with a truck on the State Highway 1 at around 3.15am on Friday.
They had arrived in New Zealand on Dec 2 for a family holiday.