Malaysian rep to be present for MH17 hearing

Meeting of minds: Dr Wee speaking during a meeting with Harbers (right) at the ICAO headquarters in Montreal, Canada. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will send a representative to the hearing on the downing of MH17 at a Dutch court on Nov 17, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

“As the court handling the murder trial of four suspects announces its ruling, we are looking at seeking justice for the victims of the tragedy with the upcoming verdict,” he said.

In a Facebook post after a bilateral meeting with Netherlands Infrastructure and Water Management Minister Mark Harbers at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) headquarters in Montreal, Canada, yesterday, he said they discussed aviation-related issues.

On behalf of the Malaysian government, Dr Wee said he voiced gratitude to the Dutch government for their assistance and proactive actions in the investigation and prosecution process.

He said he also talked about drone-flying training in both countries, adding that the Netherlands had invited Malaysian representatives to the Amsterdam Drone Week to be held in March 2023.

In a separate post, Dr Wee said the global aviation industry must look beyond the impact of the pandemic and forge new strategies for the industry.

“This includes linking and connecting people, cultures and businesses across continents,” he said.

Dr Wee said the respective governments must focus on reviving and rebuilding aviation by focusing on the passengers.

“We must upgrade our protection for consumers through innovative solutions and digilitisation in tandem with scaling up our civil aviation capabilities and safety compliances,” said Dr Wee, who gave a presentation at the 41st session of the ICAO on Tuesday.

As part of the commitment to ICAO’s goals for environmental sustainability and human capital development, he said Malaysia supported the United Nations’ sustainable development goals and participated in the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation programme by ICAO.

“The Malaysia Technical Cooperation Programme has trained more than 400 aviation personnel worldwide at the ICAO-accredited Malaysia Aviation Academy in the spirit of mutual cooperation,” he said.

He also made a case that Malaysia’s contributions and commitment to the ideals and initiatives of the ICAO meant that Malaysia was a leading candidate to be re-elected to the council, he added.

Later, Dr Wee attended a few receptions including that hosted by ICAO president Salvatore Sciacchitano, followed by the African Civil Aviation Commission reception and the Joint APAC (ICAO Asia-Pacific Office) reception, which Malaysia co-hosts.

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