Paying respects: Poroshenko laying flowers outside the Malaysian Embassy in Kiev. Also present were (from left) Liow, Anifah and Malaysian ambassador to Ukraine Chuah Teong Ban. — Bernama
KIEV: Malaysia has sent a three-man expert team to investigate the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site after getting assurances about their safety there.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the Government received assurances from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on the team’s safety.
He also noted that Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko had also guaranteed a 40km radius of safety around the crash site for investigators and rescuers to work safely.
“OSCE assured us that it had discussed this with the Ukrainian government and also the separatist group.
“It is happy with the security situation there, although it cannot guarantee it will be 100% safe.
“But this is a national call. We need to investigate, find out the truth and bring justice for our people,” he said here yesterday.
The team, who will send progress updates to Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, left at around 8pm (1am Malaysian time) by air to Kharkiv yesterday.
They will be handed over into the care of pro-Russian separatists at Donetsk and move to Torez.
The team members are DCA senior assistant directors Capt Philip Joseph Selvaraju, 42, Mohd Naemy Fahimy Mustapa, 38 and Malaysia Airlines engineering director Azahari Dahlan, 53.
They will join three experts from the Netherlands and one more expert from the International Civil Aviation Organisation there.
Liow also hailed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s announcement that the remains of 282 victims would be handed to representatives from the Netherlands.
“It is great news that we will be able to move the remains.
“We have been working on this,” he said.
Liow said he and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman would look into the details to ensure everything goes smoothly, including for the post-mortem and identification of bodies,” he said.