Ashes of three victims to arrive in Penang today

GEORGE TOWN - The ashes of three victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 are expected to arrive in Penang today.

The ashes of restaurateur Jenny Loh Yan Hwa, 55, and her husband, Hong Kong-born Fan Shun Po, 60, are scheduled to reach the Penang In­­­ternational Airport (PIA) in Bayan Lepas from Kuala Lumpur at 10.15am.

The couple's ashes are likely to be brought to Loh's home in Island Glades after a solemn ceremony at the airport.

Loh and Fan ran two popular eateries - Asian Glories and Dim Daily. Asian Glories earned a Bib Gourmand rating from Michelin for its excellent budget meals.

The couple and Loh's mother, Tan Siew Poh, 85, were travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when the doomed craft carrying 298 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17.

It is believed that Tan's remains have yet to be identified.

The ashes of Malaysia Airlines steward Sanjid Singh Sandhu, 41, is expected to be sent back from Kuala Lumpur to his home in Alma, Bukit Mertajam, by a Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) helicopter.

His ashes are expected to reach SMK Machang Bubuk in Jalan Ma­­chang Bubuk 3 at about 1.30pm today.

Meanwhile, a rehearsal for the solemn ceremony was held at the PIA Civil Aviation Department yesterday at about 10.20am.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng told a press conference yesterday that state executive councillors Jagdeep Singh Deo and Chong Eng would be taking over the arrangements of the ashes' arrival of the MH17 victims.

State Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh was earlier entrusted with the arrangements but he has been detained by the police on Sunday after a Merdeka procession at the Esplanade.

Phee, being the chairman of the Penang Voluntary Patrol unit, was detained at 6.40pm at the district police headquarters in Patani Road here after police recorded his statement. He has since been released.