Published: Wednesday January 23, 2013 MYT 11:11:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday January 23, 2013 MYT 2:29:49 PM
Wisma Putra to fly home body of Malaysian killed in Algerian hostage crisis
KUALA LUMPUR: The Foreign Ministry has identified the body of the Malaysian worker who was killed in the Algerian hostage crisis and is arranging to fly the body home.
Wisma Putra said in a statement that the Malaysian Embassy in Algeria was working closely with the employers of Chong Chung Ngen, JGC Construction Ptd Ltd, to bring Chong's body back to Malaysia.
The statement said the government was concerned over the lack of details from Algerian authorities in its efforts to locate Chong's colleague Tan Ping Wee.
“The Government of Malaysia wishes to express sincere condolences to the family of the late Mr Chong Chung Ngen,” said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman in the statement.
Anifah said that the Government remained deeply concerned about Tan's fate, adding that the official statement issued by the Algerian authorities had not stated details of the rescue operation or complete list of missing hostages.
“The ministry has deployed a senior diplomat to assist the embassy to expedite efforts in locating the missing Malaysian.
"This is to ensure a smooth coordination with the Algerian authorities,” he said.
Anifah added that the ministry and embassy had established communication lines with countries of which their citizens were involved in the incident.
This, he said, was to obtain any latest information as well as expedite intelligence sharing.
Terrorists had held hundreds of hostages at a gas exploration complex in In Amenas, near the Libyan border on Jan 16.
Anifah said the three Malaysians confirmed safe - Ravi Kappusamy, Lau Seek Chiang and Patrick Purait Awang - were currently in Algiers.
He said arrangements were being made to fly Ravi and Lau back to Malaysia while Patrick had voluntarily decided to remain there to assist in the search for his colleague.
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