KUALA LUMPUR - More than two months after the shooting down of MH17, nine-year-old Matthew Ezekial Sivagnanam will finally be laid to rest with his family.
Just over a month ago, the ashes of his parents Paul Rajasingam Sivagnanam and Mabel Anthonysamy Soosai were buried at the Cheras cemetery alongside the grave of his twin brother who had died at birth.
When the hearse with Matthew's remains arrived at his grandmother's home in Bangsar here at around 10am yesterday, Matthew's uncles and cousins carried the coffin into the house for the family to pay their last respects.
Both his distraught grandmothers cried beside the coffin, which was placed in front of the boy's photograph. His cousins, too, were tearful as they sprinkled holy water on his coffin.
Mabel's eldest brother, Clement, said it was painful to say goodbye to his young and bright nephew.
"This whole ordeal has been very difficult. We are only just learning to cope with the loss of our loved ones," he said.
Clement said they brought Matthew's remains to his paternal grandmother Anne Madeline's home in the morning.
Last night, Matthew's coffin was taken to his maternal grandmother Theresa Moses' home for the wake.
The funeral will take place at the Fatima Church in Brickfields here this morning before cremation in Cheras, according to Clement, who adds: "Matthew's ashes will be placed together with those of his parents and twin brother at the cemetery."
Meanwhile, Clement hopes that those responsible for bringing down the plane will be brought to justice.
"Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has assured us that once all of this is over, the Malaysian Government will take the necessary action to seek justice for the MH17 victims," he said.