Two Muslim victims to be buried in Putrajaya cemetery

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014

PUTRAJAYA: Two victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 will be buried at the Taman Selatan Muslim cemetery in Precinct 20 here.

The victims, whose identities are being withheld, are among the 16 who have been confirmed to arrive on Friday.

The funeral will be handled by the Putrajaya Corporation, which manages the cemetery.

“Everything is already in place and we are just waiting for the bodies,” said its community services division senior deputy director Zailani Hashim yesterday.

He said once the receiving ceremony at the Bunga Raya Complex in KL International Airport (KLIA) ends, the two bodies would be taken to the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque for the solat jenazah (prayer for the dead).

“The solat jenazah will be held after the Friday prayer.

“The bodies will then be taken to the cemetery for burial which we expect to end by 4pm,” he said, adding that the funeral would be open to the public.

The distance between KLIA and Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mos-que is about 32km while the cemetery is located about 5.5km from the mosque.

Zailani said two graves had been prepared for the victims.

He added that the length of the graves were longer due to the size of the coffins.

“The coffins come from a European country hence the size differs from what we usually have in our country,” he said.

The usual length of coffin for Muslims in Malaysia is 2.13m while those used to place the remains of the victims of the air tragedy are 2.43m-long.

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