BANGI — March 22, 2016: The government today announced a US$5,000 (about RM20,000) one-off aid to the next-of-kin of every Malaysian passenger and crew of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 that was shot down in Ukraine in 2014.
The Cabinet approved the aid on March 18.
“The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry is scrutinising the list of Malaysian victims because some of the passengers had dual citizenship,” said minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karimshe today after presenting the 2015 excellent service awards to 656 staff of the ministry.
The aid will be handed over to the next-of-kin of the victims at a special ceremony to be held by the ministry.
Flight MH17, carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was hit by a missile over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 passengers and crew perished.
Besides 44 Malaysians, the Boeing 777-200 had carried passengers from the Netherlands, Australia, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Philippines, Canada and New Zealand. — Bernama