At July 17 2016 Malaysia Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai stated Malaysia is appealing for the speeding up of the criminal investigation report on the incident, Malaysian The Star Online reports.
“Upon the completion of the technical report last October, I was told the criminal report could be ready by early this year but until today, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has not concluded it,” he said after opening the 37th annual general meeting of Koperasi Serbaguna Malaysia (KSM) in Wisma MCA yesterday.
This signal of Malaysia in one in a series which suggest Malaysia plays a secondary role in the investigation.
A few months ago PM Razak spoke to President Putin and stated Russia and Malaysia will cooperate after the results of the criminal investigation were finished. This resulted in rumours that Malaysia did its own investigation which were denied by the Dutch Government.
The role of Malaysia in both the DSB and JIT investigation are vague. Malaysia joined JIT only months after the other members started the criminal investigation. When asked the spokesman of JIT could not provide any reason for this delayed entry into the investigation. Read the background here.
In the first two weeks of July 2016 Ukraine did a so called arena test to study the results of a BUK missile explosion. The test was attended by Dutch, Belgium and Australian police. Malaysian police was not present. Details in this post.