PETALING JAYA - Eight more remains from the MH17 tragedy have been identified and will be brought back to Malaysia next Tuesday, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Seven were Malaysians and the other a Dutch. In a statement yesterday, he added that the remains were undergoing documentation processes in Amsterdam.
"A special ceremony to honour the eight victims will be held at the Bunga Raya Complex at the KL International Airport, just like previous ceremonies.
"Details on the eight victims will be given by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein on Sept 1, after he chairs a MH17 coordinating committee meeting," he said.
A total of 31 Malaysians would have arrived with the return of the eight remains.
Last Friday, 20 remains were brought back from Amsterdam on a special flight.
Another victim, whose identity was not disclosed at the request of the next of kin, was brought back on Saturday.
On Sunday, three more remains came back, though the next of kin of one of them also requested for anonymity. Of the 24 remains, 14 were passengers and 10 were crew members.
At Putrajaya, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the third batch of remains would arrive via a special flight.
He said the Cabinet decided yesterday on a new arrival date after initially announcing the third batch would return on Saturday,
"The media will be informed accordingly when more information is available," Dr Wee said after attending the Cabinet meeting.
Two of the seven Malaysian remains arriving on Tuesday would have already been cremated in the Netherlands, said Dr Wee.
There were 298 passengers and crew on board MH17 when the aircraft was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17.