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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Statement by Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai

Published on Jul 18, 2014 5:10 PM
Malaysia's newly appointed Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai addresses the media at a hotel near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on July 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

Ladies and gentlemen, I will now give a brief statement on the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

On behalf of the Malaysian government, and the Malaysian people, I would like to offer my deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. Our hearts go out to those who have been affected by this tragedy.

In recent hours, officials in the US and the Ukraine have indicated that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down. Should this be confirmed, it would contravene international law, and be an outrage against human decency.

Malaysia condemns any such action in the strongest possible terms, and calls for those responsible to be swiftly brought to justice.

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