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Malaysia reacts to MH17

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Just four months after MH370, Malaysians are again mourning following the news that 45 Malaysians perished on doomed flight MH17.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak addressed media following the Malaysia Airlines plane crash, saying that it had been a “tragic year for Malaysia”.

In an editorial piece for The Malay Mail Online, Mr Razak expressed his condolences.

“The flight’s passengers and crew came from many different countries.”

“But today, regardless of nationality, we are all united in grief.”

This is the second aviation disaster facing government-owned Malaysia Airlines this year, after flight MH370 famously disappeared in March.

In a strange repeat of history, upset relatives of Malaysian victims arrived at Kuala Lumpur’s KLIA airport, demanding answers from Malaysia Airlines.

Relatives of the dead broke down in the airport after hearing the tragic news.

The plane was due to arrive in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur after leaving Amsterdam, but was allegedly shot down by Russian separatists near the Ukranian – Russian border.

Malaysia Airlines have set up a family and friend reception area in KLIA airport where relatives of victims are awaiting more information.

In Kuala Lumpur, Al Jazeera reporter Steve Chao tweeted that many Malaysians were cancelling their flights with the airline after hearing about the accident.

The airline has lost a third of its original value at the start of the year, with the price of Malaysia Airline shares dropping 18 per cent after the news of the MH17 crash.