KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 – The remains of another three victims of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 tragedy will arrive in Malaysia this Friday at the Bunga Raya Complex, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 8.30am. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in a statement today, said this would be the fifth arrival of remains, repatriated to Malaysia from Amsterdam. “As per the previous arrivals, our fellow citizens will be accorded full military honours,” he said in the statement. The flight from the Netherlands will be bringing home the remains of Muhammad Afzal Tambi and Marsha Azmeena Tambi, children of the late Tambi Jiee who also perished in the tragedy, and a crew member on board MH17, Shaikh Mohd Noor Mahmood, he said.
Liow said forensic experts in the Netherlands had also identified the remains of Liew Yau Chee, Tan Siew Poh, Meling anak Mula, Matthew Ezekial Sivagnanam and Lee Kiah Yeen, but the release of the remains had yet to be announced by the Dutch authorities. “During the difficult time, I wish to call upon all Malaysians to respect the privacy of the families and next of kin of the MH17 passengers. “As they lay their loved ones to rest, we pray that they may find the courage and strength to weather through this tragic loss,” he said.
To date, 224 victims of MH17 have been identified, with 74 victims still under the process of identification, and out of the 43 Malaysians onboard, the remains of 41 citizens, comprising 26 passengers and 15 crew members, have been identified. Liow said Malaysia would continue to work closely with the international partners, particularly the government of the Netherlands to ensure that the remaining victims would soon be returned to their families. MH17 with 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board was believed to have been shot down while heading to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam on July 17, and crashed in eastern Ukraine. Other than Malaysians, the passengers were from the Netherlands, Australia, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Philippines, Canada and New Zealand.