Saturday, 19 September 2015

DNA Samples Of Next-of-kin Of 2 Missing Malaysian Pilgrims Handed To Saudi Authorities

DNA samples of the next-of-kin of two Malaysian pilgrims who are still missing after a crane collapsed on the Grand Mosque here on Sept 11, have been handed over to the Saudi authorities to facilitate identification of bodies at the Muaissem mortuary in Mina.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said the next-of-kin of the missing pilgrims arrived in Jeddah at 6.15pm yesterday and were taken to the mortuary to obtain their specimen samples.

"The process of matching the remains with the DNA will take between two and three weeks, three of them (the next-of-kin) will be here until the process is completed," he told reporters here Saturday.

Five Malaysian pilgrims were killed in the crane tragedy which also claimed over 100 lives.

Asyraf Wajdi arrived here yesterday, to help expedite the search process for the missing duo, apart from ensuring the smooth running of the haj pilgrimage of the Malaysian pilgrims.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom and Tabung Haji chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim were also here since Monday until yesterday, to ensure the smooth flow of funerals for the pilgrims who were killed, apart from giving special attention to the injured pilgrims, as well as moral support to the other pilgrims.

"Many things have been settled by the minister (Jamil Khir) and so far, Malaysia is the only country that had sent a minister to manage the haj pilgrims involved in the tragedy," said Asyraf Wajdi.

Jamil Khir was reported as saying there were seven bags containing body parts of pilgrims and the Saudi authorities had already conducted the DNA test on the parts.

Saturday 19 September 2015


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