S'pore leaders send condolences over Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash

SINGAPORE -Singapore's leaders sent their condolences to their counterparts in Malaysia, the Netherlands and Australia over the tragic loss of flight MH17 on Thursday.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam wrote to Malaysia's king, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah; Governor-General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove; and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands to convey his condolences over the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also wrote to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands to convey his condolences over the crash.

Mr Lee called Prime Minister Najib and Prime Minister Rutte to extend his deepest sympathies and offer Singapore's assistance.

In his note, Mr Lee said he was "shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17".

He added: "The loss of innocent lives under such terrible circumstances is a horrible tragedy.

"Nothing can bring back their loved ones, but I hope they will find the strength and fortitude to overcome their grief over time."

At this point, there are no reports of Singaporean victims.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it is in close contact with Malaysia Airlines and the relevant airport authorities to ascertain the nationality of the unverified passengers.

Singaporeans who require consular assistance should contact the MFA Duty Office (24-hours) at 6379 8855, or email mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg