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MH17: Overseas Malaysians pay tribute to fallen compatriots

Malaysians living overseas also observed a minute's silence as they paid their final respects to the victims of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH17, whose remains arrived in Malaysia on Friday (Aug 22).

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians living overseas also observed a minute's silence as they paid their final respects to the victims of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17, whose remains arrived in Malaysia on Friday (Aug 22).

In Jubail, Saudi Arabia, an employee of Saudi K-KEM Engineering Services, Mohd Nazmee Kamaruzzaman, said he and several other Malaysians living there kept abreast of the developments on news of the MH17 victims via news portals.

"I waited as early as 5am local time (10am Singapore time) for news on the arrival of the remains in Malaysia and the announcement of the one-minute's silence," he said when contacted by Bernama through Facebook.

He said he represented his work mates in expressing condolence to the family members and friends of the victims. Mohd Nazmee was confident that people the world over could see how Malaysians united in times of sorrow, following a tragedy which befell the country.

Meanwhile, University of Birmingham, England student, Mohd Khiril Razwan Zaman, said he and his friends constantly followed developments over the doomed flight, although they were overseas.

"As Malaysians, we feel the sadness that has hit the country and will go through a mourning period by wearing dark clothes to class, and we will also hold small prayer sessions," he said when contacted through the WhatsApp instant messaging app.

Mohd Khiril Razwan said they also flew the Malaysian flag at their homes at half-mast as a mark of respect to the day of national mourning.

A medical student at Universitas Padjadjaran in Indonesia, Aisyah Atikah Abdul Rahim, said she and her friends would subscribe to online news sites to find out the latest news on MH17.

"Even though we are busy with classes and clinical training at the hospital, we managed to find time to express our sadness and pay our respects by posting statuses on Facebook," she said.

Malaysia mourned the victims of the air crash as the remains of 20 Malaysians arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Friday morning.

Flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 as it was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. There were 43 Malaysians in the Boeing 777-200 aircraft. To date, the remains of 30 Malaysians have been identified. 

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