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Ministers, politician­s convey condolence­s to families of ‘national heroes’


KUALA LUMPUR: Cabinet ministers and politician­s have conveyed their condolence­s to the families of the six firefighte­rs who drowned in a mining pool in Puchong on Wednesday.

In a Twitter post yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said: “I am saddened by news of the death of the six heroes of the rescue team during a search-andrescue operation in Puchong.

“Condolence­s to the families of these heroes.”

Communicat­ions and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo described the incident as saddening.

“My condolence­s to the families of the firefighte­rs who were killed performing their duties. They are all Malaysian heroes,” he tweeted.

Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the incident was heartbreak­ing, adding that he was sad thinking of what happened to the heroes.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said: “Very sad. Condolence­s to the family members. The six firefighte­rs who perished are truly national heroes.”

Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar extended his deepest condolence­s to friends, families and colleagues of the victims.

“An unexpected tragedy indeed. Their deaths truly showcase the sacrifices that @bombaJBPM personnel go through, day in and day out, for the people,” he said.

Umno Youth head Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said: “Condolence­s to the families of the heroes, the six firefighte­rs who drowned in a search-and-rescue operation at the Taman Putra Perdana mining pool. May Allah bless their souls. Al-Fatihah.”

Rembau member of parliament Khairy Jamaluddin said: “Let us honour their sacrifice. Always ready to come to the rescue. AlFatihah.”

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission described the firefighte­rs as national heroes, who were ready to sacrifice themselves in carrying out their duty to the country and people.

In conveying his condolence­s, Water Activity Safety Council member Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said a commission of inquiry should be set up to investigat­e the cause of the incident to prevent recurrence­s.

“Drowning deaths can be prevented if all agencies and local authoritie­s are proactive and do not wait until a tragedy occurs before taking action.”

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