Najib Remembers MH17 as He Turns 65 on Jul 23

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Five different birthday cakes for the birthday boy.

Najib Razak/Twitter

Despite an impending court case and being the focus of an extensive federal investigation, former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak took time off last night to celebrate his 65th birthday.

Najib paid tribute to those lost in the 2014 MH17 plane disaster during the celebration at his Jalan Langgak Duta residence in Kuala Lumpur, which was attended by family members of several victims.

Najib Razak/Twitter

On July 17, 2014, Malaysian Airlines commercial flight MH17 was shot down as it flew over Ukrainian airspace, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew members onboard.

Najib said during the celebration that he had played his role in addressing the case, and expressed hope that those responsible for shooting down the plane would be prosecuted.

“We hope that these efforts will be pursued by those in power, and ensure justice is done and seen to be done,” he told his guests.

Najib had won rare praise from then opposition leaders when he successfully brokered the handover of the plane’s two black boxes from Ukrainian separatists.

A Dutch-led joint investigation team (JIT) said the plane was shot down with a Russian missile, Buk-Telar, a claim which Russia has consistently denied.

Last month, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad announced that the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Foreign Affairs Ministry would look into follow-up actions with regard to MH17.

More than 100 of Najib’s family members and friends, including his mother Rahah Mohammad Noah and wife Rosmah Mansor, were present to celebrate his birthday.

Najib Razak/Twitter

Najib, whose actual birthday falls tomorrow, thanked those present at the celebration, some of whom he said travelled from across the country to be there.

“I appreciate (your presence) in celebrating this special occasion, by spending your own money to be here and contribute to this celebration.

“Your presence here is not just because I was in the government, but because you still believe in and support me,” he said. – Malaysiakini