Flags at half mast by royal decree

Flags at half mast by royal decree
The Jalur Gemilang and the Johor state flag at half mast at the Menteri Besar's office in Kota Iskandar, Johor yesterday.

Flags at the state government building were set at half mast yesterday in honour of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 passengers and crew who are feared to have perished.

The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, who extended his and his family's condolences to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 family members, passengers and crew, issued a decree that state flags at government offices and buildings be set at half mast for a day as a mark of respect.

Sultan Ibrahim also called for Johoreans to offer prayers to the victims.

On Monday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in an unscheduled press conference at Putra World Trade Centre, said satellite data confirmed that the Boeing 777-300ER with 239 passengers and crew had ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, bound for Beijing, China, went off the radar on 8 March.

In Perak, all government agencies, institutions, schools and the private sector were instructed to fly the Perak state flag at half mast beginning today.

Perak Regent Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, who expressed his sadness and sympathy for the families of passengers and crew members on board MH370, issued the instruction yesterday afternoon.

The regent's wish was relayed through a letter signed by deputy state secretary Datuk Razali Othman and was distributed to the media late yesterday evening.

The order to fly the state flag at half mast was to show the state's solidarity and empathy with the family members of the passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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