Najib calls for thorough probe into boat tragedy

 |Jan 30, 2017
Photo from Najib Razak Facebook page
Najib has called for a thorough investigation into the tragedy. Photo from Najib Razak Facebook page

Prime Minister Najib Razak has called for a thorough investigation to be carried out into the catamaran tragedy in Sabah.

In a Facebook posting, he said that this was to identify the cause of the incident.

“For now, however, full focus needs to be given to the search and rescue of the six victims who remain missing,” he said.

“I urge everyone to always follow the rules and guidelines that the government has set for the safety of everyone.”

Bernama, meanwhile reported that the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has identified the six missing people in the incident that involved 28 Chinese tourists and three crew members.

Five of the missing are tourists and one is a crew, the MMEA said in a statement.

The tourists are Sheng Jiang Jiang (male, 50 years), Dong Mei (female, age not given), Li Qun (gender and age not given), Luo Hong Yuan (male, 51) and Lu Gua Hang (male, 25) while the crew is Absoy Kasim (male, age not given).

Twenty tourists and two crew were rescued and three tourists were found dead after the catamaran capsized at about 10am on Saturday when it was hit by strong winds and high waves an hour after leaving the Tanjung Aru jetty in Kota Kinabalu for Pulau Mengalum, a tourist destination 56km northwest of Kota Kinabalu.

The MMEA also identified the third of the dead tourists as Xie Luo (male, 48). It had named the other two earlier as He Run Yuan (female, 46) and Zhang Xioa Kun (male, age not given).