Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman is effectively carrying through the Malaysian flag in his capacity as a Cabinet member, in handling of the shocking downing of Malaysia Airlines B777-200ER 9M-MRD MH17 AMS -KUL on 17 July 2014.
Today, he presented himself to His Majesty King Willem and Queen Maxima of Netherlands.
The Dutch lost 193 souls in the horrid mishap, which is believed to be caused by surface-to-missile whilst flying 10% short of the speed of sound at the elevation of 33,000ft.
The first 40 caskets carrying the remains of the 298 souls perished with 9M-MRD arrived in Eindhoven yesterday, via special militaryi transports from Kharkiv, Ukraine. King Willem, Queen Maxima and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte along with Foreign Minister Anifah and Transport Minister Dato Seri Liow were present in the very sombre military affair.
Now begins the forensic process of identification, before these remains could be handed over to their loved ones for proper religious service and send of.
Foreign Minister Anifah has provided examplry top level diplomacy, in sorting out priorities preceded upon the confirmation of the brutal downing of 9M-MRD. He was with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko when he was in Kiev.
He obtained full Ukrainian and Russian co-operation, in the effort to extract the remains and the same time having three Malaysian investigators visit the crash site where OSCE were not allowed.
It is obvious that Malaysia’s long standing international diplomacy since the early 60s in the intracacy of cold war especially in South East Asia, were followed through. Now, Anifah even strengthened it further, in the nation’s most trying moment.