KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 (Bernama) -- Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today expressed his condolences and sympathy to family members of Muhammad Haziq Mohd Tarmizi, the Malaysian youth killed in a random shooting incident in Christchurch, New Zealand last Friday.
His Majesty also reminded Malaysians to respect the feelings and give their support to family members of the victims who died or were injured in facing the challenge from the tragedy.
"The King also reminded Malaysians to fiercely reject any form of violence and hate-based incitement spread by irresponsible groups, including using reasons such as hate against Islamic teachings and followers of the religion.
"There is no religion that encourages its followers to use any form of violence against other individuals,” according to a statement from Istana Negara issued by the Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong also expressed his appreciation to Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah on his attention in handling the incidence, including dispatching senior officials from his ministry as well as the Malaysian High Commissioner in Wellington to be in Christchurch to offer appropriate assistance.
His Majesty also expressed his appreciation to the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa who also went to Christchurch to provide his support and assistance.
"Appreciation is also extended to the New Zealand government on the cooperation and assistance rendered to the victims affected including in terms of getting the medical treatment needed.” said the King.
Muhammad Haziq was among the 50 people killed in the random shooting on March 15 by a male white supremacist at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch.
Mohd Haziq's father, Mohd Tarmizi Shuib, 42, and two other Malaysians, Muhammad Nazril Hisham Omar, 46, and Rahimi Ahmad, 39, were also injured in the attack.