By Saule Tasboulatova
On board of ill-fated Flight MH17 there was an entire family (with 4 children) from Malaysia - who were on their way back from Atyrau, Kazakhstan transiting via Amsterdam and further to their home- Kuala Lumpur. The head of the family was NCOC employee who worked at North Caspian Project.
One of Internet sites informs that Tambi Jiee, 49, with his wife Ariza Ghazalee, 47, and four children - Mohd Afif, 19, Mohd Afzal, 17, Marsha Azmeena, 15, and Mohd Afruz, 13 were returning home for good after expiration of Tambi Jiee’s 3-year contract with Shell. Tambi had been transferred to Shell's Malaysia headquarters in Kuala Lumpur and before reporting to work in the nation's capital, he was coming home to celebrate Hari Raya, according to Ariza's mother Jamillah Noriah Abg Anuar on Friday.
Their eldest son was a student at Taylor's College in Kuala Lumpur while the three other children were studying in Kazakhstan.
The distraught 72-year-old told reporters that she learnt of the tragedy at 1.30am when she was woken up by family members. Jamillah had spoken to Tambi and his family only hours ago before they perished. "They called me from Amsterdam. It was a normal conversation."
Ariza was also an avid social media user. Prior to boarding MH17, she uploaded photos of their packed bags on Facebook and Twitter.
NCOC Consortium issued press release which reads: “The Consortium is deeply sad to hear the news about tragic death of Mr. Tambi Jiee, former NCPOC employee who was seconded by Shell, and his wife Ariza Ghazalee and their four children. Mr. Tambi was returning back to Malaysia with his family after the expiration of his contract in Kazakhstan. The Consortium extends its deepest condolences to the relatives of the deceased.”