Here are some of the people who were in MH17 and the reason they are travelling from Amsterdam – KL

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1. Reason of Travelling – Wedding

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Elaine Teoh (right) was born and raised in Penang. She was travelling with her Dutch boyfriend, Emiel Mahler, for a wedding after visiting Mahler’s native country. Both of them are 27 years old.

2. Reason for Travelling – Hari Raya Aidilfitri

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Ninik Yuriani, 56, is an Indonesian-born Dutch citizen. She was travelling to visit her mother (86 year old) in Central Java to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

3. Reason for Travelling – Aids Conference in Melbourne


Dr Joep Lange (left), former International AIDS Society president, Glenn Thomas, World Health Organisation spokesperson and Lucie van Mens, a pioneer in HIV and AIDS, were part of a 100 men delegation on their way to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne. – The Star Online

4. Reason for Travelling – Baby Blessing

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Shuba Jaya, a performing arts actress from Kuala Lumpur, and her Dutch husband Paul Goes were returning to Kuala Lumpur after taking their 21-month-old daughter, Kaela, to visit her grandparents in the Netherlands for the first time. The couple delivered Kaela through unassisted home birth. – The Star Online

5. Reason for Travelling – Dutch Citizenship

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Yodricunda Theistiasih, a native of Ambon, left the Netherlands with her Dutch husband Arnoud Huizen and their two-year daughter Yelena. The family, whose final destination was their home in Bali, had just completed a three-week visit to the Netherlands to finish processing their daughter’s Dutch citizenship papers. – The Star Online

6. Reason for Travelling – Spiritual Retreat in Burgundy, France


Sister Philomene Tiernan is a Catholic Nun and a former teacher at eastern Sydney Catholic girl’s school. She was travelling to attend a theology course in Ireland, conference in Britain and a spiritual retreat in Burgundy, France.

7. Reason for Travelling – Holiday


Albert and Marie Rizk are returning to Melbourne after spending a month holidaying in Europe.

8. Reason for Travelling – Study Break

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Mohd Ali Mohd Salim, 30, was furthering his studies and preparing a thesis on Psychology Studies at the doctorate of philosophy (PhD) level in Amsterdam. His brother, Mohd Zaki Mohd Salim said Ali was “very excited to be back for Raya with the family.” He was supposed to join Universiti Sains Malaysia next year after completing his doctorate. – The Star Online

9. Reason for Travelling – Heading Home For Good

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Tambi Jiee, 49, from Kampung Gobielt, was with his wife Ariza Ghazalee, 47, and four children – Mohd Afif, 19, Mohd Afzal, 17, Marsha Azmeena, 15, and Mohd Afruz, 13, while on the way back from Kazakhstan transiting via Amsterdam. The Kuching family was returning home for good from Kazakhstan, where Tambi had been working for about three years as a Shell employee. – The Star Online

10. Reason for Travelling – Working in the flight MH17


Captain – Eugene Choo Jin Leong (45 years old)


First Office – Muhamad Firdaus Abdul Rahim (27 years old)


Leading Steward – Mohd Ghafar Bin Abu Bakar (54 years old)


Stewardess – Nur Shazana Mohamed Salleh (31 years old)


Stewardess – Lee Hui Pin (42 years old)

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