PETALING JAYA: The death of Noramfaizul Mohd Nor should not dampen the nation’s spirit to help those in need, but to inspire others to do more.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in extending his condolences to Noramfaizul’s family yesterday, said he was impressed by the BernamaTV cameraman’s high spirits, adventurous personality and tenacity, which saw him participating in missions abroad despite the risks involved.
He said Noramfaizul’s determination to provide the best news coverage had elevated Malaysia’s image as a country that was at the forefront of assisting others in need.
“He is a hero. His death should inspire us to continue to play our role (in humanitarian efforts) and not dampen our spirits in helping those in need,” said Najib after Noramf aizul’s body arrived at the Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Subang.
Noramf aizul’s remains were brought back on board an RMAF C-130 Hercules transport aircraft from Mogadishu.
Also aboard the aircraft were the 54 other members of the humanitarian aid mission to Somalia, comprising members of Putera 1Malaysia Club and the media.
Najib said Noramfaizul’s death was “unexpected” as the group had never been targeted by any party in Mogadishu and that the incident occurred a mere 200m away from the mission’s home base.
“It’s risky being a journalist in hostile environments but people need to know what is going on (in countries suffering from conflicts).” Najib said journalists from established international networks had also been killed in many parts of the world.
“We can provide the best safety measures but we can’t guarantee that nothing untoward will happen.
“Our soldiers who were despatched as peacekeepers (to various countries) had bulletproof vests but that didn’t guarantee their safety.” Najib urged the people not to play the blame game, saying that the government would do its best to prevent such incidents from recurring.
He said the level of protection from the Somali transitional federal government was satisfactory, adding that on foreign missions, the security aspects were usually left to the party in control of the particular area, such as the United Nations, or the existing gover nment.
“We can’t insist for more than what they can offer.” Najib said he was expecting a full report on the incident from Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.
Source : New Straits Times