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Syed Azhar
Monday, Nov 3, 2014

Malaysia

M'sia wants MH17 remnants

The Star/ANN | Syed Azhar | Monday, Nov 3, 2014

KOTA BARU - Malaysia hopes to secure the remnants of the MH17 plane, bring them back and have it put up as a memorial.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the wreckage could be sent here after the Dutch authorities and other investigation bodies had completed their probe.

"We will bring back the remnants as they belong to Malaysia."

"If possible, we will try to re-assemble and put them up at a public area as a memorial of a tragic event that took many Malaysian lives," Liow said after launching the Ke­­lantan Malaysian Road Safety Coun­­cil's annual general meeting yesterday.

On road safety, he said the latest statistics showing 19 road deaths per day was alarming and more efforts were under way to reduce the fatalities.

"As it is, more than 81 per cent of accidents are due to human error," he said, adding that other factors were due to reasons such as vehicle malfunction.

Liow said road safety awareness must continuously be taught to all vehicle owners.

"All efforts will come to naught if road users choose to be ignorant about it," he added.

"The bottom line is the attitude of road users. If they fail to heed the recommendations by the authorities, our efforts will go to waste.

"We will continue with our ef­­forts by targeting teachers and students, and inculcate in them an awareness on safety and precautions to take. We hope to train a new generation of drivers who are more res­ponsible and cautious."

Liow also issued a statement la­­ter, saying that with the recovery of all 44 Malaysian victims of MH17, the Government's focus was now on taking the perpetrators to task.

"I wish to reiterate our commitment to the families of the passengers and crew of MH17, and the fact that justice must be served on the criminals," he said.

Referring to the MH17 and MH370 tragedies, he called on the Inter­national Civil Aviation Organi­sation (ICAO) Council to adopt mandatory procedures and protocols that would increase safety standards in international civil aviation.

Among his recommendations were mandatory timely reporting of relevant information regarding flight risks to ICAO by member states and that there be a global protocol to disseminate this information to members and airlines.

In Bentong, Liow, who is Tran­sport Minister, said the car registration plate was an important identification and it must meet the specifications under the law.

He said the current enforcement exercise to go after owners with fancy number plates was to raise public awareness on this matter.

"The specifications are not new. The people must understand the need for them to follow the specifications," he said after visiting the Lurah Bilut health clinic.

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