Liow: PM's visit will help expedite the return of bodies

Liow: PM's visit will help expedite the return of bodies

PUTRAJAYA - The Prime Minister's visit to the Netherlands will help expedite the process of sending back bodies and remains of MH17 victims, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said.

Liow said the remains and bodies of the victims were currently in Amsterdam for identification purposes.

"If it doesn't take too long, all the remains can be sent back at the same time. Otherwise, if it takes a long time, they may be sent back in stages," he said.

Liow and several other ministers accompanied the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah during a meeting with the victims' next of kin at a hotel here yesterday.

Liow voiced concern that not all the remains of the MH17 victims had been retrieved from the crash site in eastern Ukraine. He said under such stressful circumstances, the Government's priority was to reunite the bodies and remains of the victims with their loved ones as soon as possible.

"However, I am worried because I was told that not everything has been retrieved. We need to comb the area (crash site)," he said.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has also reportedly said human remains were still at the crash site.

A multinational security force, to be led by the Dutch, is also expected to fly into Ukraine to secure a 50sq km zone where Flight MH17 was shot down.

On investigations into the incident, Liow said Malaysia wanted to actively play a part in it even though the Netherlands was leading the probe.

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