Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today conveyed her sympathy and condolences to the family of Nora Anne Quoirin, the Irish teen who was found dead near Seremban yesterday after having gone missing for 10 days.
“I’m very sad about the death of Nora Anne and I convey my deepest condolences to her family.
“I pray for their strength to go through this difficult period. We believe the police will do their utmost to unravel this tragic death,” she tweeted.
The Social Welfare Department is ready to provide counselling support to Nora’s family members.
Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh, however, said the department would also understand if the family needed time to deal with the heartbreaking news.
“We are prepared to help in terms of counselling. Our counsellor in Seremban has been on standby ever since her family reached the (Tuanku Jaafar) hospital yesterday,” she told a media conference at the ministry’s lobby today.
While conveying the ministry’s sympathy and condolences to the girl’s family, Yeoh also advised the public not to speculate on the case and wait for further announcement from the police.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry has offered to assist with the documentation and work with the Embassy of Ireland in matters pertaining to Nora’s remains.
Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said today the Malaysian government had provided assistance through various ministries and agencies to the family.
He said a number of policemen from Ireland and France had been allowed to be in the autopsy room at the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital in Seremban as observers.
“Foreign Ministry representatives were also at the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital, besides a liaison officer from the Royal Malaysia Police who has been with Nora Anne’s family on the orders of the Inspector-General of Police (Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador),” he said.
Saifuddin added that Sankara N Nair, the lawyer representing the family, was allowed to see the body yesterday.