I have met with some family members of Malaysians and expressed my sympathies as we share in their grief. My heart goes out to them.
Our Malaysian team has arrived in Kiev and are making arrangements to access the location of the crash some 400km away. We will do our utmost to provide closure to the grieving families that we will do our best to bring back the victims of the tragedy.
A few holistic approaches must be taken and it is understood that insurgents have agreed to create a safe passage for the recovery and investigation team. We hope they will do so as this is a serious event and they must all demonstrate compassion for the countries affected and the innocent victims.
I have also asked our Transport Minister Dato’ Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Foreign Affairs Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah bin Aman to go to Kiev as soon as possible to ensure our team can do their work undisturbed. They are to facilitate and ensure our demands are met. Other than logistics, this is a geopolitical matter.
The handling of flight MH17’s blackbox must follow the international laws of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. The Recovery must be by Malaysia as owner of the blackbox.
When meeting the next-of-kin, we understand their individual perspectives as a family unit. It was a very emotional session and I urge the public to uphold in prayers all those affected by this unspeakable tragedy.
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