PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Experts have identified the remains of 16 Malaysians who were on board Flight MH17.
"The Malaysian Government has been working closely and tirelessly with the Dutch government and other countries to identify the remains of the victims of the MH17 tragedy. As a result of these efforts, 16 fellow Malaysians have been identified," said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
"The Malaysian Government is working towards returning the remains to their families soon," he said in a statement yesterday.
As a mark of respect and to honour their privacy, he said the authorities were discussing with the next of kin about the reception of the remains when they arrive in Malaysia.
"Their wishes are being accommodated," he added.
Liow said the family members had been assured that the Government would accord the victims full honours when they arrive home.
"The nation mourns the loss of our brothers and sisters.
"We will need to stand together to help in the healing process during this grieving period, particularly for those who have lost their loved ones," he said.