PUTRAJAYA, Jan 3 (Bernama) – The Islamic approach of wise and peaceful negotiation is among the keys of Malaysian team’s success in bringing home the bodies of victims in the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 that was downed in Ukraine on July 17 last year.
National Security Council (MKN) Disaster Management Division assistant secretary Colonel Mohd Sakri Hussin said despite various challenges and risks, he was grateful that the negotiation ended well and quickly.
“We negotiated with non-Muslims, but in doing so, we adopted the Islamic approach and I didn’t really think that it was hard because we have been adopted the same approach in the military,” he told reporters here.
He also praised Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for initiating the successful negotiation with the Ukraine’s separatist leader Alexander Borodai that opened the path for the team to bring the bodies of victims home.
“The prime minister’s initiative in holding a secret meeting with the separatist leader and conveying all the information directly to me had enable the matter to be concluded quickly,” he said.
Mohd Sakri was the head of Malaysian team responsible for bringing the bodies of MH17 victims out of the conflict-stricken area and one of the eight recipients of the Maulidur Rasul Award this year.
The seven other recipients were Perak Islamic Affairs Council Syariah (Fatwa) Committee member Datuk Saleh Mah @Ahmad; International Quran Recital Assembly host for Arabic language Datuk Mahamud Abdul; Humanitarian Care Malaysia chairman Assoc Prof Dr Hafidzi Mohd Noor; Universiti Malaya lecturer Assoc Prof Dr Syarifah Hayaati Syed Ismail; Independent preacher and former vocalist of Raihan, Nazrey Johani; Independent preacher Muhamad Abdullah and paralympic athlete Mohammad Azlan Mat Lazin.
Meanwhile, Grand Imam of National Mosque Tan Sri Syaikh Ismail Muhammad was chosen as the recipient of this year’s Maulidur Rasul Perdana Award.
All awards were presented by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at the national-level Maulidur Rasul celebration at the Putra Mosque yesterday.
Flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 last year 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.
Besides Malaysians, nationals from the Netherlands, Australia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Philippines, Canada and New Zealand were among the 298 passengers and crew on board.