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3 more MH17 Malaysian victims to arrive in KL on Sunday

A Malaysia Airlines (MAS) aircraft carrying the remains of three more victims who were on board the doomed MAS Flight MH17 has departed here and is scheduled to arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Malaysia on Sunday (Aug 24) morning.

AMSTERDAM: A Malaysia Airlines (MAS) aircraft carrying the remains of three more victims who were on board the doomed MAS Flight MH17 has departed here and is scheduled to arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Malaysia on Sunday (Aug 24) morning.

The aircraft departed here at noon (6pm Singapore time) on Saturday. The remains placed in a coffin and two urns are expected to arrive at the KLIA at 8.30am, said a Malaysian Embassy spokesman here.

So far, the Netherlands authorities have identified the remains of 30 Malaysian victims, including 20 which arrived at the KLIA on Friday.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, said the remains to be repatriated on Sunday were those of MAS chief steward Mohd Ghafar Abu Bakar and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) lecturer Ng Shi Ing, while the identity of the third was not revealed, following a request from the family.

He said the remains were expected to arrive at the Bunga Raya Complex, KLIA at about 8.30am.

"We will have a ceremony honouring two of the remains as what was done for the first batch yesterday, and a minute's silence will be observed between 8.30am and 9am, which will be announced on the television and radio," he said. Liow said the ceremony would be attended by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

Mohd Ghafar's remains will be laid to rest at the Taman Kosas Muslim Cemetery in Ampang, Selangor, while Ng's remains will be sent to the Xiao En Bereavement Care Sdn Bhd in Cheras.

Liow urged all parties to respect the wishes and privacy of the family of the third victim whose identity was kept secret. Meanwhile, he said the third batch of remains would be repatriated on Aug 30.

Flight MH17 was carrying 298 passengers and crew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was believed to have been shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 17. Besides the 43 Malaysian passengers, the aircraft was also carrying passengers from the Netherlands, Australia, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Philippines, Canada and New Zealand.