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Published: Monday August 25, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday August 25, 2014 MYT 11:51:59 AM

Dignified reception for victims

SEPANG: The remains of MH17 chief steward Mohd Ghafar Abu Bakar and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) lecturer Ng Shi Ing were accorded full military honours at the Bunga Raya Complex of KL International Airport after arriving on a commercial flight.

A casket and an urn, draped in Malaysian flags, were taken by soldiers to waiting hearses.

A minute silence was observed at 8.41am yesterday before the hearses were driven past family members and dignitaries.

Mohd Ghafar was buried at the Taman Kosas Cemetery in Ampang, while the urn containing Ng’s ashes was sent to Xiao En Bereavement Care Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur.

The remains of a third passenger, whose name was not revealed at the request of family members, also arrived on the same flight.

Among the dignitaries present were Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, and Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim.

Deep sorrow: The family of the late Mohd Ghafar grieving during the ceremony to receive his remains and that of two other MH17 victims at the Bunga Raya Complex in KLIA. - AZHAR MAHFOF / The Star
Deep sorrow: The family of the late Mohd Ghafar grieving during the ceremony to receive his remains and that of two other MH17 victims at the Bunga Raya Complex in KLIA. - AZHAR MAHFOF / The Star
 

The remains of 20 Malaysian victims were brought home last Friday.

Liow said another Malaysian on board Flight MH17 had been identified, bringing the total to 31.

The third batch of remains was scheduled to arrive on Aug 30.

Later, Liow issued a statement, saying that the next-of-kin of those on board MH370 would not be forgotten amidst the mourning for those who perished on MH17.

In assuring the families, Liow said the search for the missing aircraft remained a priority for the Government.

“As we work tirelessly for the families of the victims of MH17, I would also like to reassure the next-of-kin of MH370 passengers that we have maintained our resolve to continue with the search for this aircraft,” he said.

The aircraft which headed for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur disappeared with 239 people on board on March 8.

Liow leaves for Australia today for a series of meetings that will culminate with a tripartite meeting with Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and his counterpart from China.

He said the Government would sign a memorandum of understanding with Australia to reinforce the collaboration on the search for MH370.

Tags / Keywords: Government, klia, mh17, MH17 crash, MAS, Ukraine

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