Published: Wednesday January 23, 2013 MYT 5:37:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday January 23, 2013 MYT 9:21:34 PM
PM conveys sympathies to family of Malaysian killed in Algerian hostage crisis
By RAZAK AHMAD
CAIRO: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has conveyed his sympathies to the family of Malaysian Chong Chung Ngen, who was killed in the Algerian hostage crisis.
He said the Government was also closely monitoring the situation regarding another Malaysian who was reportedly still missing.
"I sympathise with the family of the deceased over the tragedy.
"This is something that is very hard to predict so I hope that the family can remain strong in facing this difficult situation," Najib told reporters Wednesday, before departing for Davos, Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum meeting.
It was reported earlier that the Foreign Ministry had identified Chong's body and was arranging to fly it home.
The ministry said the Government was concerned at the lack of details from Algerian authorities in its efforts to locate Chong's colleague Tan Ping Wee.
Terrorists held hundreds Algerian and foreign workers hostage at a gas exploration complex in In Amenas, near the Libyan border on Jan 16.
Three other Malaysians there were confirmed safe - Ravi Kappusamy, Lau Seek Chiang and Patrick Purait Awang.