HILVERSUM: Malaysian Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah
Mansor observed a moment of silence at the entrance of a
military facility here, where the remains of victims of
the Malaysia Airline (MAS) Flight MH17 tragedy are
undergoing the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI)
Najib and Rosmah, who were in a black suit and baju
kurung respectively, spent several minutes there before
they went inside the facility for a briefing by the
Dutch National Crisis Centre on the overall process of
identification of human remains.
Also present were Malaysia’s Health Minister Datuk Seri
Dr S. Subramaniam, Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah
Zainuddin and Ambassador to the Netherlands, Datuk Dr
Fauziah Mohamad Taib.
The MAS flight, MH17, was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala
Lumpur when it went down in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine
near the Russian border on July 17.
The Boeing 777-200 aircraft which was carrying 298
people - 283 passengers and 15 crew - was believed to
have been shot down, but until today no one has claimed
A total of 195 Dutch nationals were on board the flight.
Earlier in The Hague, Najib and his Dutch counterpart
Mark Rutte had called for immediate cessation of
hostilities in and around the crash site, lest such
tension escalates into war between the Ukrainian
government and the separatist groups.
Najib said both countries also asked that all sides, the
Ukraine government and separatists, respect the lives
lost and integrity of the site, so that the
investigation into the disaster may proceed.
Later today, Najib and his wife will be hosting a dinner
for the Malaysian investigation team members in
Amsterdam at 7.30 pm local time (1.30am Malaysia time).
NST, Source: NST 30 July 2014.