HAT YAI, April 2 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has extended his condolences and sympathies to the government and people of Thailand over the bombing incidents here and Yala on Saturday.
The Prime Minister also thanked the Thai government for its quick action in assisting Malaysians affected by the blasts.
Najib’s Special Functions Officer Datuk Latt Shahriman Abdullah conveyed the prime minister’s condolence and sympathy messages to Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra when he met Yingluck at the scene of the bombing here today.
Latt Shariman said Najib was disappointed that the bombings happened and tourists were targetted.
“Yingluck told me the cost of medical treatment for Malaysians injured in the incidents would be borne by the Thai government. Besides this, the Thai government would make arrangements to send them back to their homes in Malaysia,” he told Bernama.
In the bombing incident at a leading hotel here, believed to be from a car bomb explosion, 10 people including a Malaysian were killed while 300 others were injured, 27 of them Malaysians.
Of the 27, 12 were warded at three hospitals here with two of them discharged at yesterday.
Latt Shariman said during his meeting with Yingluck, Najib tried to talk to Yingluck himself but the telephone connection at the time was not very good.
He said Yingluck told him that she would be meeting Najib in Phnom Penh during the Asean Summit to express regret over the incidents and that Malaysian were also victims in the bombings.
Latt Shariman then visited Malaysian victims warded at the Songkhal Nagarind Hospital here where he also handed aid contributions to them.
He also extended his sympathies to the victims and their families.
“My condolences to the family of the Malaysian killed and sympathies to those who were hurt. I did not expect something like this to happen. It is very saddening.
I hope the Thai government will bring the culprits to justice.
“I give the assurance that the Malaysian governmnet will do its best to help the affected Malaysians,” he said.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s ruling party Pheu Thai Songkhla Province representative Sawai Na Pathalung said his side would assist affected Malaysians in whatever way it could.
“In the short term, it (the bombings) will affect tourists arrival from Malaysia. We hope to recover fast. In this matter, we need cooperation from both sides,” he said.
Source : Bernama