KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 – Four more Malaysian victims of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 have been positively identified by forensic specialists in the Dutch city of Hilversum, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said today. The Transport Minister said that Dutch authorities have so far given the approval for two of the victims’ remains to be repatriated to Malaysia, while consent for the other two was still under process, Bernama reported. “The remains for which approval was given are those of two children of Tambi Jiee,” Liow told the media at a press conference in Wisma MCA, Kuala Lumpur, today.
According to Bernama, he was referring to Muhammad Afzal Tambi, 17, and Marsha Azmeena Tambi, 15. The remains of their father was brought to Malaysia on September 9. Liow added that the other two victims whose remains had been identified were MAS flight steward Shaikh Mohd Noor Mahmood, 44, and passenger Liew Yau Chee, 38. “Either two or all four of the victims are expected to be brought back soon,” Bernama quoted him as saying. Last Tuesday, the remains of Tambi Jiee and infant Benjamin Lee were the latest two Malaysian victims repatriated home from the Netherlands. That brought the number of victims whose remains have been reunited with loved ones in Malaysia to 35, including two Dutch nationals.
Of the 283 passengers on board flight MH17, 28 were Malaysians, while all 15 crew members were Malaysians too. According to Bernama, Liow said that Malaysian security forces were making attempts to work with the Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russia militants in the area to enter the crash site to continue looking for evidence and remains of victims. MAS flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17, as it was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The Boeing 777 aircraft was believed to have been shot down over the troubled country. Besides Malaysians, nationals from the Netherlands, Australia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Philippines, Canada and New Zealand were among those on board.