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Published: Sunday July 20, 2014 MYT 9:18:00 PM
Updated: Sunday July 20, 2014 MYT 9:23:42 PM

MH17: PM wants remains of Malaysians home by Raya

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is determined to bring back the bodies of Malaysians who perished on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine before Hari Raya.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the bodies that have been identified will be brought back for proper burial.

A total of 43 Malaysians, including 15 crew members, were on board the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was reportedly shot down by pro-Russian separatists on late Thursday.

"I want the remains to be brought out (of Ukraine) as soon as possible.

"I do not want their remains to be brought elsewhere to unknown locations," Najib said in his speech at the closing of Nur Ramadan programme at Masjid Al-Najihin here.

Najib said he has had two sleepless nights in a row since the downing of MH17.

"I've been calling world leaders and other parties," he said, adding that Malaysians must condemn the crime against MH17.

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