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Bodies of Indon workers killed in Jaya collapse sent home

PETALING JAYA, 2 June 2009: The body of three of the seven Indonesian workers killed when part of the building which once housed Jaya Supermarket in Section 14 here collapsed were sent back to their villages today for burial.

Counsellor (Information and Public Relations) at the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Widyarka Ryananta, said the body of Hadi, 30, Muhd Maskur, 31, and Alsuki Nahru, 53, which were removed from the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) mortuary yesterday evening, were flown home this afternoon on two separate flights.

He said Hadi’s body left the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on a Garuda flight at 2.40pm and was expected to have arrived in Surabaya at 9.20pm.

The remains of Maskur and Alsuki were flown at 4.30pm and was expected to arrive later in the evening, also in Surabaya.

Widyarka, when contacted by Bernama, also said on the same flight home today was Maskur’s elder brother, Suryono, 32, who was injured in the incident.

He said on arrival in Indonesia, the bodies would be received by the East Java Provincial Government office, which had been informed about the tragedy and would hand over the bodies to the respective families.

He added that the remains of the workers were accompanied on one of the flights by an officer from the Indonesian embassy here, Susapto Anggoro.

Meanwhile, the body of Anwarudin, 38, another Indonesian worker killed in the incident, was taken out of UMMC at 4.40pm today, accompanied by his younger brother Budi Selamat, 31, to be taken to KLIA.

The body will be flown home at 8.15am tomorrow and is expected to arrive in Surabaya at 9.55am.

Bernama learnt that body parts found among the rubble of the collapsed building had not been identified as they were still undergoing DNA tests.

In the incident on 28 May, part of the 35-year-old building collapsed during demolition work, killing seven workers and injuring two, all Indonesian nationals. — Bernama

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