Liow: MH17 crash report fully completed, Malaysia to provide feedback

KOTA BARU: Dutch authorities have completed the full MH17 plane crash report and have handed it to Malaysia to provide feedback on the matter, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

The Transport Minister, however, did not state what the findings of the investigators were as the report was extensive and they would need at least a month to scrutinise the report.

"The Dutch authorities have given us 60 days to provide feedback. Offhand, I cannot say the conclusion of the report and it may take some time to study it.

"This is not only a matter that concerns Malaysia - the world wants to know what actually happened to the ill-fated flight MH17," Liow told reporters after a closed-door meeting and dialogue with Kelantan MCA leaders and members here on Friday.

Liow said despite the move by Russia to block the setting up of a United Nations (UN) tribunal to try those responsible for the downing of the plane, Malaysia will take measures to get to the truth behind the crash.

"With the help of the United Nations, we will do anything to get justice for the families of the deceased and compensation to be paid," he added.

It was reported that a senior Russian official rejected calls for the UN tribunal to try those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine last year.

Russian deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying they were against it nad it was not timely and counter-productive".

The Netherlands, Malaysia and three other countries want a UN tribunal to investigate the incident last July in which all 298 passengers and crew perished.

The Boeing 777 passenger jet was travelling between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down in eastern Ukraine during some of the worst fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists, who took up arms against Kiev's pro-western government a few months earlier.

Suspicions immediately fell on the separatists, who may have used a surface-to-air missile supplied by Russia to shoot down the plane.