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General : Sanjid’s Ashes Released Into Sea Near Pulau Rimau

GEORGE TOWN, Sept 3 (Bernama) — Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH17 steward, Sanjid Singh Sandhu, 41, was ‘laid to rest’ Wednesday when his ashes were released into the sea near Pulau Rimau, here.

Sanjid’s ashes which were taken from his family’s home in Bukit Mertajam, Seberang Perai Tengah, arrived at the Marine Department’s Northern Region, Batu Uban here at 9.40 a.m.

The ashes were brought by his father, Jijar Singh, 71, wife Tan Nee Gok, 43, only child Hans Singh Sandhu, 10, as well as relatives.

Also present were Penang Deputy Chief of Police Datuk A.Thaiveegan and state exco members Jagdeep Singh Deo and Phee Boon Poh.

Sanjid’s ashes were taken by the Northern Region’s Marine Police Department’s boat and scattered into the sea, accompanied by white roses.

The ceremony ended at 10.25 a.m.

The urns bearing Sanjid’s ashes as well as those of Loh Yan Hwa and his wife Fan Shun Po arrived in Penang yesterday and were accorded a ceremonial honour.

Sanjid was among 298 passengers and crew members who were killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down in east Ukraine, on July 17.

A total of 43 Malaysians were on board the Boeing 777-200 aircraft and so far, 32 had been identified, with 31 brought back to the country.

Meanwhile, Thaiveegan when met after the ceremony said Jijar Singh expressed his gratitude to the police and everyone who were involved in the process of bringing back his son’s remains to Malaysia.

He said Jijar described the honour accorded to his son as extra-ordinary.

“He said it was an extra-ordinary honour. The first time a civilian was given the honour. He thanked the police and the public for being so helpful,” he said.

— BERNAMA

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