KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia The excavation, analysis and identification of five New Zealand military personnel at the Commonwealth War Graves (CWG) here is expected to be completed this Saturday.
A Defence Ministry statement yesterday said the five skeletons would be later placed at Wardieburn Camp here together with 16 skeletons of New Zealand soldiers brought from CWG in Terendak, Melaka last Wednesday.
Another seven skeletons from the Kamunting CWG in Perak are expected to be ready on Sunday, the statement said.
According to the statement, all 28 coffins will be repatriated in a handing over ceremony at the Bunga Raya Complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Aug 20.
It said Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong today visited the Cheras CWG and Kuala Lumpur Hospital to observe the excavation of five New Zealand soldiers and their family members which began last Thursday.
The Deputy Defence Minister’s visit reflected the seriousness of the ministry, the Malaysian Armed Forces and the Malaysian government in implementing Operation Te Auraki as well as the commitment of government agencies for New Zealand soldiers who fought for Malaya in the Second World War, the statement said.
Source: NAM News Network