KUCHING, Malaysia - The remains of two more family members of the late Tambi Jiee, who all perished on board MH17, have been laid to rest alongside their parents.
The remains of Muhammad Afzal Tambi and Marsha Azmeena Tambi arrived on a Hercules C130 at the Royal Malaysia Air Force's Kuching base at 11.33am yesterday.
About a hundred family members and friends were there to witness the solemn event. Among those present was grandmother Jamillah Noriah Abang Anuar, 72, and a large number of children and teenagers.
The remains were accorded full military honours. Also present were federal Deputy Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, state Assistant Islamic Affairs Minister Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman and Semariang assemblyman Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali.
Afzal was 17 years old and Azmeena, 15.
The entire family of six from Kuching was on the flight on their way home from a holiday.
The family had been living in Kazakhstan for about three years, where Tambi was working, but he had been transferred back to Malaysia.
The remains were brought to Semariang Muslim Cemetery for burial in the afternoon. Only the remains of Mohd Afruz, 13, has yet to be brought home.
There were seven Sarawakians on board the ill-fated flight. The remains of Meling Mula, 48, was recently identified and would be repatriated soon. Meling's wife Simbut Kedit said on Thursday she was "relieved".
"I am very thankful that the remains of my husband has been found and identified. I am very grateful my husband's remains will be brought home soon," she was quoted as saying by Sarawak media.