PETALING JAYA: Though it has been three years since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was tragically downed, the Government will continue to seek justice for the victims, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
“There are no words that can describe the feelings, pain and sorrow that the families and loved ones of those on board have gone through in these three years since that unfortunate day.
“While we cannot take away the grief of the families and loved ones of MH17 passengers and crew, we will do everything possible to ensure justice is done independently, fairly and transparently.
“We will not rest until all the facts are known and justice is served,” the Transport Minister said in a statement.
On July 17, 2014, the flight en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.
Investigations carried out by the Joint Investigation Team, comprising the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine, have determined that the aircraft was shot down by a Russian BUK missile system fired from a field.
Earlier this month, Dutch officials announced that the trial of suspects arrested in the shooting down of flight will be held in the Netherlands.
Liow welcomed the decision, saying a national prosecution in the Netherlands will ensure “accountability in compliance with the highest international standards”.
“We are also pleased to note that the Dutch Public Prosecution Service will make the necessary decisions concerning prosecution at the appropriate time given the criminal investigation is still ongoing,” he said.
“With this new development, Malaysia is ever more resolute to seek justice and remains single-minded in our pursuit to prosecute those who are responsible in this unfortunate tragedy.”
To mark the third anniversary, Liow called for solidarity and unity among the public in remembrance of MH17 and its victims.
Liow, who had earlier attended a closed-door memorial service for Malaysian family members in Putrajaya, said he hoped and prayed that families of victims would find strength to resume their normal lives.
“Our thoughts and prayers have been and will always be with all the families and loved ones as we stand together with them in these trying times,” he said.