KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is determined to bring back the bodies of the Malaysians who perished on Flight MH17 before Hari Raya, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said the bodies that have been identified would be brought back for proper burial in Malaysia.
A total of 43 Malaysians, including 15 crew members, were on the flight that was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam when it was shot down over Ukrainian air space.
“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 a Nur Ramadan programme at Masjid Al-Najihin yesterday.
Najib said that for two nights in a row, he had had sleepless nights over the incident.
“I’ve been calling world leaders and other parties,” he said, adding that Malaysians must condemn the crime against MH17.
The Government, he said, would urge the United Nations and the international community to take action against the perpetrators.
Najib also said he met with the families and next of kin affected by MH17 at a hotel on Saturday night.
“It was heartbreaking. I met a wife who had her three-year-old child on her lap. She lost her husband. I saw a 10-year-old missing his mother,” he added.