MH17: Families of identified victims find solace while others wait on

MH17: Families of identified victims find solace while others wait on
Stark reminder: MH17 graffiti near Bulatan Kg Pandan in Kuala Lumpur.

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - The wait for closure may be over for families of the Malaysian victims of the MH17 tragedy whose remains will return home this Friday.

However, for those whose family members have yet to be positively identified, the long wait continues.

Choo Ewe Keat said he has not heard any news about the remains of his son Capt Eugene Choo Jin Leong, 45.

"We are hoping for the best," the 76-year-old retired teacher told The Star.

It's just been over a month since the MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine and Ewe Keat is still grieving.

"I am very sad," Choo said.

Jijar Singh also said he was waiting to hear from authorities if his son Sanjid Singh Sandhu, 41, a Malaysian Airlines (MAS) steward on board the ill-fated flight, was among the bodies identified.

"Definitely, we are hopeful," he said.

On Saturday, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had disclosed that his step-grandmother Puan Sri Siti Amirah Kusuma, who was among the passengers, was not among the remains identified.

Siti Amirah, 83, was once married to Tan Sri Mohammad Noah Omar. Noah, who died in 1990, was the grandfather of both Hishammuddin and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Amran Daud, who is the uncle of MH17's first officer Ahmad Hakimi Hanapi, 29, returned from Amsterdam with five other family members yesterday.

He said they left for the Nether-lands on Aug 11 and the authorities there allowed them to view Ahmad Hakimi's coffin.

"We were told his body is intact, but we were advised against seeing it," he added.

Amran, 50, said Ahmad Hakimi's father, wife and son are still in Holland.

"For us, there is some closure."

Amran also extended his families' appreciation to MAS and the Malaysian Government for organising their travel. "There were MAS officers waiting at the airport to assist us and we are grateful," he said.

Murphy Govind, 29, the brother of MAS stewardess Angeline Premila Rajandran, 30, also confirmed he was in Amsterdam, but declined to comment.

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