Thousands Gather At Dataran Merdeka To Share Nation's Sorrow Over MH17 Tragedy

Last update: 22/08/2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 (Bernama) -- Thousands of city folk gathered at Dataran Merdeka and in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, here, today to share the nation's grief over the MH17 tragedy in conjunction with the Day of National Mourning.

Like the rest of the country, they observed one minute of silence at 10.54am after the coffins containing the remains of 20 of the Malaysian victims which arrived earlier on a Malaysia Airlines special aircraft MH6129 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang were placed in the waiting hearses.

The crowd, in dark attire, started to gather at the historic landmark around 9am to watch the official ceremony of receiving and honouring the victims at KLIA via a large screen at the square.

During the minute of silence, the Muslims in the crowd offered the Al-Fatihah while the non-Muslims silently prayed for the victims according to their religious belief. Many were seen shedding tears.

Meanwhile, motorists around the area stopped their vehicles as a mark of respect for the MH17 crash victims during the minute of silence.

Foreign tourists were also seen observing the minute of silence in sharing this nation's sorrow over the MH17 tragedy.

MH17 was on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam when it crashed in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border on July 17.

The Boeing 777-200 aircraft carrying 298 people including 15 crew members, is believed to have been shot down by a missile over the troubled country. Forty-three of them were Malaysians.