KEPALA BATAS – Nor Azimah Ibrahim, the Malaysian woman reported mising while performing the ‘umrah’ (minor Haj) in Madinah, SaudiÂ Arabia, is believed to be still in the holy city.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said the Malaysian Consulate in Jeddah is working closely with the police and investigators in Madinah to track down Azimah.
“This is all the information that I can give for now. The authorities and the ministry will update if more news is received,” he told reporters after handing over the keys for the surau of Sekolah Kebangsaan Kepala Batas here, today.
Nor Azimah, 31, from Section 30, Shah Alam, Selangor, went for the ‘umrah’ with her parents on Dec 11 and was scheduled to return home on Dec 22.
On the day of her missing, the single parent was not feeling well and did not follow her parents to visit the Nabawi Mosque.
On another issue, Reezal said Malaysia respects Saudi Arabia’s decision to sever diplomatic ties with Iran and hoped the issue could be resolved via talks.
“We practice a democracy based on non-interference in the affairs of other countries. Conflicts should be resolved via negotiations, mediation and moderation.”
Yesterday, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) slammed the mob attack on the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Teheran and the Kingdom’s consul office in Mashad.
The mob attack on the Saudi Arabian Embassy on Jan 2 was to protest the execution of top Syiah cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimir for supporting violence.
On the local front, Reezal urged the DAP to answer allegations that it was offered RM1.2 billion if they allow Israel to build an army base in this country after ‘winning’ the general election in 2013. – BERNAMA