MH17: Entire family of 6, returning to M'sia for good, die on flight

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This entire family was looking forward to returning to their hometown in Kuching after living for three years in Kazakhstan.

But the family of six, who were transiting via Amsterdam, died onboard the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight during their journey back.

Tambi Jee, 49, was with his wife Ariza Ghazalee, 47, and four children, aged 13 to 19.

Tambi was finally heading back home for good after working in Kazakhstan for three years.

While their eldest son, Mohd Afif, 19, was a student at Taylor's College in Kuala Lumpur, the other three children were attending school in Kazakhstan.

Tambi was transferred to Shell's Malaysia headquarters in Kuala Lumpur and had come home earlier to celebrate Hari Raya with his entire family, said Azira's mother Jamillah Noriah Abg Anuar.

Azira, a retired engineer, was excited about the next phase in their lives.

She posted a photo of their luggage on Facebook.

The distressed 72-year-old said that she had spoken to Tambi and his family just hours before the tragedy. 

"They called me from Amsterdam. Before entering the plane, they called. Nothing strange. It was a normal conversation," said Jamillah.

She was looking forward to their arrival at the Kuching International Airport at 2pm this afternoon.

"They come back to Kuching three to four times a year when they can. Usually, they'll stay in Kuala Lumpur for a few days. This time, they were coming back to Kuching straight away," said Jamillah.

Source: The Star Online


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