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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 | MYT 2:36 PM

MH17: Opposition leaders laud Najib's quiet diplomacy

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

PETALING JAYA: DAP leader Lim Kit Siang commended Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for securing the release of the two black boxes of Malaysia Airlines MH17 which went down in Ukraine on Thursday.

“Malaysians must remain united as one people on the MH17 disaster, continue to give full backing to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the government to demand 'swift justice' against the perpetrators of the crime against humanity," Lim said.

Najib said in a statement early Tuesday that Malaysia has reached an agreement with Ukrainian rebels for custody of the black boxes and access to the MH17 crash site.

"At approximately 9pm tonight Ukraine time (Tues, 2am Malaysian time), the two black boxes will be handed over to the Malaysian team in Donetsk who will take custody of them," the Prime Minister said in a statement.

Najib said he had spoken to rebel leader Alexander Borodai earlier Monday, who is in command of the region where the tragedy occurred, to secure the release of the black boxes and allow Malaysian investigators into the site.

Lim, who is Gelang Patah MP, condemned the looting, contamination of evidence and disrespect shown to the deceased at the crash site.

He demanded that a full, independent and credible international investigations be conducted into the crash of MH17.

He said Malaysians and the world should be prepared for a long investigation into the crash.

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the government had acted well quietly and seized the opportunity to go into the crisis area.

"Hence, I take a middle view in Najib's handling of the matter. Malaysia must be stern to ensure the safety of airspace and the affected crash sites for the safety of the Malaysian officials going there," he said.

Read: Black boxes handed over to Malaysia

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