MH17: Baseless speculations are hurtful, says Malaysia transport minister

PUTRAJAYA - Stop making baseless speculations on the MH17 probe as it will hurt the families of the victims, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said the investigative committee's report over the incident would be ready in October.

"In the meantime, I urge people who have been spreading rumours about the incident and the investigation to stop doing so.

"Please respect the families of the deceased because spreading these baseless allegations will hurt them even more," he said when met at the Prime Minister's Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house in Seri Perdana, Friday.

Liow also urged people not to point fingers at Malaysia Airlines (MAS), adding that MAS was not the only airline using the route over Ukraine.

"On the same day, in fact around the same time too, there were flights from other airlines using that route.

"It was approved by air traffic control and MAS was indeed following the proper procedures," Liow added.

On July 17 last year, all 298 passengers and crew - the majority Dutch - died when the Boeing 777, on a flight between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over rebel-held east Ukraine during heavy fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.