MH17 tragedy: Remains of last member of two families to arrive tomorrow

MH17 tragedy: Remains of last member of two families to arrive tomorrow
Picture taken on September 9, 2014 shows part of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site in the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The remains of the last member of two families who perished in the MH17 tragedy will return tomorrow.

The remains of Muhammad Afruz Tambi, 13, and Mathew Ezekial Sivagnanam, 10 - who were among the sixth batch of victims to be repatriated to Malaysia - would arrive at KL International Airport at 8.30am, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in a press statement yesterday.

Joining them are Kota Damansara Gerakan Youth deputy chief Liew Yau Chee, 38, his wife Lee Kiah Yeen and Meling Anak Mula, a 48-year-old scaffolding technician from Bintulu.

They would be accorded full military honours, added Liow.

Muhammad Afruz is the youngest of the four children of Tambi Jiee and Ariza Gazalee. Mathew's parents were Paul Rajasingam Sivagnanam and Mabel Anthony­samy.

Both families perished in the tragedy.

"As the next of kin lay their loved ones to rest, let us all pray that they may find the strength and courage to face this tragic loss," he said.

Liow also called for the people to respect the privacy of the families throughout this difficult time.

"Malaysia will continue to ensure that the remaining victims will be home soon," he said.

With this arrival, 42 out of the 44 Malaysian victims including 15 crew members have been returned to their next of kin.

The remains of Siti Amirah Parawira, the 83-year-old step-grandmother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Shaliza Zaini Dewa, 45, have yet to be identified.

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