KUALA LUMPUR - The youngest son and last member of the Tambi Jee family on the ill-fated Flight MH17 has been identified by Dutch authorities in the ongoing post-mortem of the victims, leaving only two more Malaysians to be identified.
The body of 13-year-old Muhamad Afruz (pic) was identified on Thursday at the Hilversum medical military base in the Netherlands, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
"This leaves only two Malaysians whose remains are yet to be known. A total of 43 Malaysians were among the total 298 passengers on board the plane.
"With the identification of Muhamad Afruz, this means all six members of the Tambi Jee family have been found. Five of them were flown home earlier.
"There is no clearance to release Muhamad Afruz's remains yet," Liow told reporters after launching the World Maritime Day 2014 conference and exhibition here yesterday.
He said the two remaining Malaysians to be identified were Puan Sri Siti Amirah Kusuma, 83, and Sherliza Zaini, 45.
"I hope the centre in Hilversum will be able to speed up the search for bodies and the identification process so we can return all Malaysians who were on board Flight MH17 to their loved ones," said Liow, also the MCA president.
Liow said the chances of investigators entering the crash site in eastern Ukraine were getting slimmer as winter was approaching.
"We are sad because we were promised a safe corridor to enter the crash site but until today, there is no access.
"Officers from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe who tried to enter were even shot at," he said.
On the investigations, Liow said while more analysis was needed on the cockpit and flight path, Malaysia was also taking part in the criminal investigations into the incident.
On maritime matters, Liow said the south Port Klang channel would be deepened from 16.5m to 18m to enable more container ships to dock.
"Channel deepening work will take place in November and is expected to end in April next year," he said, adding that the Government was targeting for Port Klang to be ranked among the top 10 container ports in the world before 2020.
Liow said electronic mapping for ships that pass through the Strait of Malacca would be implemented to ensure the safety of the vessels.