Malaysia's transport minister expresses deep concern over preservation of plane crash site in Ukraine. (July 19)



Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 19 July 2014

SOUNDBITE (English) (Portions covered with footage of wreckage near Hrabove, Ukraine) Liow Tiong Lai, Malaysian Transport Minister:

"Malaysia calls for all parties to protect the integrity of the crash site, and allow the investigation to proceed." ---butt to--- "Interferring with the scene of the crash is undermining the investigation itself. Any action that prevents us from learning the truth about what happend to MH-17 cannot be tolerated. Failure to stop such interference would be a betrayal of the lives that we lost." ---butt to--- "This outrage cannot go unpunished. Once again, Malaysia condemns this brutal act of aggression and calls for those responsible to be found and to face the full force of justice without delay."


Malaysia's transport minister says the country is "deeply concerned" that the site in Ukraine where a Malaysia Airlines jetliner was shot down with 298 people onboard "has not been properly secured."

Liow Tiong Lai said at a news conference Saturday in Kuala Lumpur that "the integrity of the site has been compromised, and there are indications that vital evidence has not been preserved in place."

He called for immediate access for Malaysia's team at the site to retrieve human remains. He said Malaysia needs the support of the world to ensure that the site is not tampered and that investigators will have access.

Liow, who again defended Malaysia Airlines' flying in Ukrainian airspace, said a Malaysian team arrived in Kiev earlier Saturday, two days after the plane went down.