KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad expressed his dismay over perpetrators behind the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 as it hasn’t been found after five years.
On July 17, 2014, the aircraft with 298 onboard from Amsterdam en route to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Donetsk, Ukraine.
It was concluded that MH17 was downed by a BUK anti-aircraft missile fired by Pro-Russian separatists in their conflict against Ukraine, according to an International Joint Investigation Team (JIT) led by the Dutch.
“We are sad as it was done on purpose, but we don’t know who launched the rocket,” said Dr Maha¬thir.
The Transport Ministry released a statement yesterday, saying that Malaysia would continue pursuing justice for the MH17 victims to ensure perpetrators were held accountable.
The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER piloted by an all-Malaysian crew, flew over Ukraine in daylight when it was shot down.
Over two-thirds of the passengers were Dutch, the rest being mainly Malaysians and Australians, as well as citizens of seven other nations.
It was announced in June by the JIT (consisting of Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine) that four individuals – three Russians namely Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy and Oleg Pulatov, and one Ukrainian, Leonid Kharchenko – would be charged with the downing of MH17.
Former transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai also marked the occasion with a statement: “Today remains a very sad day for the loved ones of MH17 victims, and I continue to share their feelings”.