Ceremony to honour MH17 victims, as remains arrive in M'sia on Friday
The remains of 20 Malaysian victims of the MH17 tragedy will arrive in Malaysia on Friday (Aug 22).
A ceremony marking the arrival of the remains will be held at the Bunga Raya Complex in Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
The 20 victims will arrive in Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.
The country will come to standstill as the nation observes a minute of silence at about 10.45am, reported the The Malaysian Insider.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said 17 bodies will be brought back in coffins together with the ashes of the cremated three in urns.
Hishammuddin Hussein also said the federal government would invite all MPs to attend the ceremony marking the arrival of the remains.
The Boeing 777 aircraft was carrying a total of 298 people before it was struck down while flying over a territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists last month.
The Defence Minister said Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah has agreed to attend the function at which the final salute will given to the victims while the Sultan of Perak Paduka Seri Sultan Nazrin will attend the function in Ipoh where remains of some of the victims will be flown for burial.
Astro Awani revealed that the "full list of the victims to be brought home will be announced tomorrow".
Sources: The Malaysian Insider and Astro Awani