KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was solemn as he arrived at the Netherlands ambassador’s official residence to sign the condolence book for those killed on Flight MH17.
“We feel for the families and our hearts go out to them,” he wrote.
He was earlier greeted by Netherlands ambassador to Malaysia Harry Molenaar, his wife Dr Loes Nas, deputy head of mission Tom Mandemaker and other embassy officials.
Looking heavy-hearted, the Prime Minister also penned: “On behalf of the Government and people of Malaysia, let me express our deepest condolences to all the families in Netherlands who have lost their loved ones in the tragic incident of MH17.”
It was only after he penned his condolences did Najib speak briefly to the press. He later had a private conversation with Molenaar before leaving the residence.
The solemn atmosphere remained as people continued to arrive to sign the condolence book yesterday, the last day for them to do so.
The Ukranian and Russian ambassadors also conveyed their condolences in the book.
Molenaar thanked the public here for the outpouring of warmth and love shown to his country as it mourned 193 of its citizens killed in the MH17 crash, which claimed 298 lives.
“It is heartwarming to see. In a way, it unites us as we share our grief in these trying times,” he said.
Argentinian ambassador Maria Isabel Rendon, who also signed the condolence book yesterday, extended her thoughts to the victims’ families and loved ones.
Rendon called for peace in the region and said the incident was “a terrible wake-up call”.
Russian ambassador Lyudmila Vorobyeva, who arrived before Najib, expressed her nation’s “deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Netherlands and the families who have lost their loved ones in the awful tragedy”.