KUALA LUMPUR - All 44 Malaysian passengers on board Flight MH17 have been identified, with the last being Puan Sri Siti Amirah Parawira, the step-grandmother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who is also the step-grandson of Siti Amirah, said with this latest identification, all the Malaysian passengers on the fatal flight had been identified and returned to their families.
"This is the promise made and kept by the Prime Minister.
"It was fated that the last person to be identified was our step-grandmother," he told reporters after the closing ceremony of Selangor Umno convention at the Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.
Siti Amirah, 83, was the second wife of Najib and Hishammuddin's grandfather Tan Sri Mohammad Noah Omar, who died in 1990.
She was travelling home to Jakarta alone from Amsterdam when the aircraft was shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 17.
Hishammuddin said he was grateful that there was some closure with the identification.
"I have mixed feelings. I am relieved, but also sad because she was innocent," he said.
He said that there would not be any ceremony to receive Siti Amirah's remains here as it was understood that her family had decided to bring her remains to Amsterdam where her daughter was residing.
Hishammuddin also stressed that the Government would not cease in its effort to bring to justice those responsible for the shooting of the aircraft.
Earlier in his speech at the convention, Hishammuddin called on Selangor Umno members to stand united and get their intentions right when they serve the people.