PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will not rest until all the facts relating to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014 are known and justice is served, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said.
“Although it has been three years since the tragic downing of Flight MH17, the Malaysian government will continue to seek justice for the victims.
“There are no words that can describe the feelings, pain and sorrow that the families and loved ones of those on board have gone through in these three years since that unfortunate day.
“While we cannot take away the grief of the families and loved ones of MH17 passengers and crew, we will do everything possible to ensure justice is done independently, fairly and transparently.
“We will not rest until all the facts are known and justice is served,” Liow said in a statement Sunday.
MH17 was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, the Netherlands when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board on July 17, 2014.
Investigations carried out by the Joint Investigation Team, comprising the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine, had determined that the aircraft was shot down by a Russian BUK missile system fired from a field controlled by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Earlier this month, Dutch officials announced that the trial of suspects arrested over the incident will be held in the Netherlands.
Liow said he welcomed the decision, saying a national prosecution in the Netherlands will ensure “accountability in compliance with the highest international standards”.
“We are also pleased to note that the Dutch Public Prosecution Service will make the necessary decisions concerning prosecution at the appropriate time given that the criminal investigation is still ongoing.
“With this new development, Malaysia is ever more resolute to seek justice and remains single-minded in our pursuit to prosecute those who are responsible for this unfortunate tragedy,” he said.
In conjunction with the third anniversary of the tragedy, Liow called for solidarity and unity among the public in memory of MH17 victims.
Liow also attended a closed-door memorial service for Malaysian family members in Putrajaya. He said he hoped that the families of the victims would find strength to resume their normal lives.
“Our thoughts and prayers have and will always be with all the families and loved ones as we stand together with them in these trying times,” he said.