KUCHING – The remains of siblings Muhammad Afzal Tambi, 17, and his sister, Marsha Azmeena, 15, were buried together in a grave at the Semariang Muslim Cemetery after the Friday prayer today.
They were buried at 2.25 pm besides the graves of their father, Tambi Jiee, their mother Ariza Ghazalee and brother, Muhammad Afif.
The remains of Ariza and Muhammad Afif were buried on Aug 22, while Tambi’s remains was buried on Sept 9.
The remains of Muhammad Afzal and Marsha Azmeena were flown by the Royal Malaysian Air Force C130 from the Bunga Raya Complex of the KL International Airport and arrived at the Kuching International Airport at 11.35.
Accompanying the caskets on the flight from KLIA were Home Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof and close family members of the victims.
Present at the airport here to pay their last respects were Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Sarawak Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman and family members and relatives of the victims.
After the caskets were then brought down from the aircraft by 18 members from the Fourth Regiment of the Royal Armoured Corp, they were transferred into two hearses to be taken to the Jamek Mosque in Petra Jaya for the funeral prayer.
The funeral prayer, led by the chief Imam of Sarawak, Datuk Johji Suhaili, was performed after the Friday prayer.
Also in the congregation was Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
Tambi, a Shell employee, was based in Kazakhstan since three years ago and was with his wife and four children in the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH17 to return home as he had been transferred to the Shell headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.
The remains of his youngest son, Muhammad Afruz, 13, has yet to beidentified.
Flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 as it was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.
The Boeing 777-200 aircraft is believed to have been shot down over the troubled country.
There were 43 Malaysians onboard, where the identities of 41 victims (26 passengers and 15 crew) had been ascertained.
So far, the remains of 36 Malaysian victims had been repatriated from the Netherlands. – BERNAMA