Sunday, July 12

Sibling victims of MH17 tragedy laid to rest


KUCHING: The remains of two victims of the MH17 tragedy, siblings Muhammad Afzal Tambi, 17 and Marsha Asmeena Tambi ,15, were finally laid to rest next to their parents and eldest brother at the Semariang Muslim Cemetery at Petra Jaya after Friday prayers yesterday.

Adenan (fourth left) and other state dignitaries receive the hearse of the two siblings Afzal and Marsha at the entrance of Masjid Jamek. — Photos by Jeffery Mostapa

Family members and well wishers pay their last respects at Samariang Muslim Cemetery in Petra Jaya.

Their parents Tambi Jiee, 49 and Ariza Ghazalee, 47, and their eldest brother Muhammad Afif Tambi. 19, who were also on board the ill-fated flight, were buried at the same cemetery but the remains of await the youngest sibling Mohammad Afruz i, 13 has yet to be identified.

Earlier their remains arrived at Kuching International Airport (KIA) and were received by their close relatives, well wishers , representatives of NGOs and state dignitaries led by Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister Department (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman.

Later the hearse draped with the national flag and accompanied by military personnel proceeded to Masjid Jamek for prayers (Solat Jenazah) before burial.

Yang di-Pertua Negeri, Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem were among those who paid their last respects at the mosque.

At the Semariang Muslim Cemetery the relatives and well wishers, among them the Minister of Infrastructure Datuk Fadillah Yusof, attended the burial rites of the two siblings.