MH17: August 22 declared a day of mourning in the country

PUTRAJAYA - Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced August 22 (Friday) as a day of national mourning following the arrival of the body of the plane crash victims Malaysian Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH17 in Ukraine. 

He said a funeral ceremony honored the tragedy will be held on that day at the Bunga Raya Complex, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) due to the arrival of the body 16 of the tragedy, including a non-Malaysian. 

He said the remains would be taken by a special plane from Amsterdam who is expected to arrive at the airport at 10am. 

"The ceremony honored to be in the order of the funeral, in accordance with honor," he told reporters after chairing a meeting of the ceremonial honor of receiving the body of the plane tragedy MH17. 

Muhyiddin said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah is expected to leave for the ceremony, which was also attended by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, cabinet ministers, chief minister and the chief minister as well as the families of the victims. 

He said there are no public holidays in conjunction with the national day of mourning. At the ceremony, each body will be carried in ceremonial officer of the Malaysian Armed Forces and brought up 16 hearses and honored by their respective religions and meditation. 

He said nine of the 15 remains that Malaysians are non-Muslims. The identity of the deceased will only be announced at the ceremony. 

He said some of the remains will be taken to their homes and will be accompanied by the heir. 

So far, he said Nuri will fly three bodies to several states in the peninsula while Charlie will fly a plane into a body of Sarawak. 

He said there is a demand for two of the deceased victim undergoing the combustion process in the Netherlands before being flown to his homeland. 

He said the body of a Dutch national, will also be brought into Malaysia for burial because there is a demand, adding that the victim dipercayaiasalnya citizen who is married to Dutch citizens. 

He said so far, 24 bodies Malaysians MH17 victims have been identified by the authorities in Amsterdam, the 14 passengers and 10 crew members. 

He said the remaining bodies have been identified that have not been through the full process and will be deported in stages. 

"Not that we can not take it once (all of them) but the there (the Netherlands) to give the final say when the right time can be taken home. 

"For the rest of the body, we are still waiting for a signal from the Netherlands and is being monitored by the Ministry of Transport and MAS. After August 22, the probability of catching a flight a few days so that beneficiaries do not wait too long," he said. 

The Deputy Prime Minister said the government would honor the funeral ceremony for the victims of others who arrived later, but the ceremony will be held in a more concise. 

He said there is no specific period is set to search all victims of Malaysians as efforts are continuing to enter the location of the accident in the Ukraine, which is the battle. 

"We're not done yet. Parties there (the Netherlands) is the process of forensic and DNA. Wait and let things settle down," he said. 

MH17 flight carrying 298 passengers and crew crashed in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border on July 17. 

Boeing 777-200 aircraft was believed to be shot down, but so far no party claimed responsibility for the brutal act. - Bernama