Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said Thursday these representatives would be sent to Amsterdam soon.
The decision was made at a meeting of representatives of the various religions from the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) held in Putrajaya yesterday, he said in a statement here.
“The MCCBCHST, with the cooperation of the National Unity and Integration Department, will send the representatives from the various religions so that the funeral arrangements can be conducted well in accordance with the requirements of the respective religions,” he said.
Kurup, who is the minister in charge of the funeral arrangements of the non-Muslim victims, said 22 Malaysian passengers and crew of the tragedy were non-Muslims. Altogether, 43 Malaysians were on board the ill-fated flight.
“The government gives serious attention and is most sensitive to the needs and requests of the next-of-kin of the victims of the MH17 tragedy,” he said.
Flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 as it was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.
The Boeing 777-200 aircraft is believed to have been shot down over the troubled country but no one has claimed responsibility for it.