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Published: Saturday July 19, 2014 MYT 5:02:00 PM
Updated: Saturday July 19, 2014 MYT 7:36:51 PM

MH17 crash: Malaysian woman and Dutch boyfriend were close to the very end

KUALA LUMPUR: Elaine Teoh and her Dutch boyfriend, Emiel Mahler, who were on the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH17 were described as a loving couple who had the utmost respect for each other, right to the very end, according to best friend, Tan Sook Theng.

"Seeing her so happy with the love of her life makes me, as a friend, genuinely grateful that fate brought them together... their relationship is one that I would wish for everyone, tan said to Bernama via email.

"They make each other so happy and brought out the best in each other. Truly, they complemented each other's lives," she added.

Tan, 27, who had been close friends with Teoh for 13 years since the latter moved to Subang Jaya, was scheduled to pick her up from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on 6.10am Friday, when she heard the plane had crashed in Ukraine.

"We last texted on WhatsApp on the day she boarded the plane and were eager to see each other again after our last meeting in January. We were to spend the weekend together.

"We were in touch with each other every other week, but now, there will be no more of that," she said.

Describing Teoh as a smart, funny, witty and beautiful individual, Tan said her friend was both a "partner in crime and a shoulder to lean on".

"She had a gentle heart, was a kind-spirited human being and a sincere, loving person. She was family."

Teoh, originally from Penang, and Mahler, a Dutch national, were both aged 27 and lived in Melbourne where they worked in the finance sector.

The couple who had been together since 2012, were on holiday in Portugal and Holland and were on their way to Kuala Lumpur.

Both Teoh and Mahler's Facebook pages have been flooded with messages from family and friends, expressing their condolences on the couple's demise.

A recent post on Teoh's Facebook read, "Gone too soon, one of the nicest, friendliest and kindest person I have ever met. A girl with a big smile but an even bigger heart."

Je Wook Jung, a friend of Mahler also paid tribute on his Facebook page saying, "You will be truly missed by all of us. Such a good man, we will remember all the good memories we had with you. Rest in Peace, mate."

Teoh's brother, David, in a statement on Facebook posted, "While I understand public opinions and comments on MH17, I urge my friends to remain wise and calm when talking about it and also keep my family and I in prayer as we are going through these tough times. Your prayers and thoughtfulness will be very much appreciated".

MAS Flight MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it went down in Eastern Ukraine, after it was believed to have been shot down.

The Boeing 777 aircraft was carrying 298 people. -  Bernama

More MH17 stories here

Tags / Keywords: MH17 crash, Ukraine, MAS, Elaine Teoh, Emiel Mahler

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