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Malaysia to hold ceremony as first MH17 victims' remains arrive

The official ceremony to honour the victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 tragedy on Friday (Aug 22) will involve the remains of 20 Malaysian victims, when they arrive in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia will also observe a minute of silence on that day.

PUTRAJAYA: The official ceremony to honour the victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 tragedy to be held in the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Friday (Aug 22) will involve the remains of 20 Malaysian victims.

Malaysia is set to observe a minute of silence sometime between 10.45am-11.45am, when the remains arrive in Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam. During that time, traffic will be “put on hold” at several locations, including Penang Bridge and Johor Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex. Malaysia had declared Friday a national day of mourning for the victims of the downed flight.

This first batch of remains and ashes will be in 17 coffins and three receptacles respectively, but there will be no remains of a Dutch citizen to be buried in Malaysia as reported earlier. Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the full list of the victims would be announced on Thursday.

"During our discussion at the cabinet meeting, we confirmed that this Friday we would be receiving the remains of 20 of our citizens. We also noted that preparations in the various states involved would not be affected although there would be more remains arriving,” said Hishammuddin at a joint news conference on Wednesday.

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