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MH17 crash: Jakim prepared to handle remains of victims for journey home

The Star/ANN | Saturday, Jul 26, 2014

A column of funeral hearses drive near Waardenburg after leaving the Dutch Eindhoven airbase to Hilversum, on July 25, 2014, on the third day of transfer of the bodies of the Dutch victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine.

AMSTERDAM - The Department of Islamic Development of Malaysia (Jakim) has identified a facility for it to conduct the necessary arrangements in the Netherlands before the remains of the victims are flown home.

Masjid Putra chief imam Abd Manaf Mat said he and the other Jakim personnel were on standby to receive the bodies the moment the authorities at Hilversum medical military base had completed identification and post-mortem of the victims.

"We will handle all the remains with care and respect and will follow the wishes of their families ," he said here.

Abd Manaf said there were 10 Jakim personnel, including two women, as well as two members of the Military Religious Corps were waiting to receive the remains here.

The National Security Councils MH17 Search and Rescue Malaysia chief-de-mission Khairil Hilmi Mokhtar said efforts to transfer the remaining bodies at Kharkiv to the Netherlands was on track.

He said he was quite optimistic that the last of the 282 bodies and 87 body fragments from the refrigerated train cars would be in Netherlands by today.

Khairil Hilmi said he was proud of the Special Malaysian Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART) team, which he said had earned the praise of the Dutch for treating the remains with dignity.

He said the other international team members on site had also expressed appreciation for Malaysia's disaster victim identification personnel as they were well-qualified to handle the situation.

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