MH17 crash: PM Lee calls Najib to offer condolences and assistance

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong posted on his Facebook today that he has called Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to offer his condolences and assistance following the Malaysian Airliner crash over the Ukrainian territory.

The Facebook post was put up at 1.18pm today.

"Just called Malaysian PM Najib Razak to offer condolences and assistance in the #MH17 crash. It is a terrible tragedy, especially coming after MH370, and we stand in sorrow and solidarity with Malaysia," he wrote, signing off with his initials.

Earlier today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that ""Singapore is shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic crash of Flight MH17."

It added: "The Government and people of Singapore send our deepest condolences to the families of the victims in this time of profound grief. We also stand in solidarity with the Government and people of Malaysia during this difficult period." 

"It is important that a full and transparent investigation take place to establish what caused the crash. The investigation team should be given full access to the affected areas and evidence. We stand ready to offer any possible assistance."

Singaporeans who require consular assistance related to this incident can contact the ministry's 24-hour duty-office at the following numbers and email address:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office 
Tel: 6379 8800, 6379 8855 (24 hours) 
Fax: 6476-7302