MH17 crash: Special burial site proposed for Muslim victims

Minister in the Prime Minister Department, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom during a press conference.

PUTRAJAYA - The remains of the Muslim passengers onboard Flight MH17 will be brought to the KL International Airport's Sultan Abdul Samad Mosque in Sepang upon arrival for solat jenazah (prayer for the dead).

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said the remains would then be handed over to their families.

The Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim) and both the Federal Territories and Selangor Islamic Religious Departments would be providing the logistics in assisting the families to bring home the remains, he said.

"There will be enough vehicles. Putrajaya Corporation is also prepared to allocate graves at the burial ground in Precinct 20 for the victims if there are requests from their families," he said, adding that a special site had been identified.

"At the moment, the forensic teams in the Netherlands are in the process of identifying the remains through DNA analysis.

"Once this is done, the remains will be flown back to Malaysia, where appropriate arrangements will be made for their burial," he said, adding that the families would be given the choice to either have the remains buried at their home towns or at the special site.

"If the families are agreeable to our proposal, we will conduct the burial at the site in Putrajaya," he said.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had expressed the Government's determination to bring back the bodies of Malaysians before Hari Raya, which is expected to fall on Monday.

Jakim has dispatched 10 representatives, including two women, to Ukraine to assist in preparing the bodies.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said two Royal Malaysian Air Force Hercules C130 transport airplanes were on standby to bring home the remains.

"The ministry is closely monitoring the movement of the remains and will try its level best to fulfil the Prime Minister's wishes," he said outside Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

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