MH17: Most ready to observe minute's silence today

MH17: Most ready to observe minute's silence today

PETALING JAYA - Most Klang Valley residents are planning to observe the one-minute silence in respect of those who perished on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

Some are planning to observe the minute's silence with family or office colleagues while others are planning to offer prayers at their respective places of worship.

But almost all those interviewed yesterday said they would wear black today as a mark of respect for the Malaysian victims.

Student Yeong Yee Lyn, 17, whose father and brother are Malaysia Airlines pilots, said the whole family would spend a quiet moment at home to mourn.

"As both my father and brother knew the pilots and crew members of MH17, the tragedy is close to our hearts as they lost not only colleagues but also friends," she said.

Alias Hairuddin, 36, and his family who will be flying to their hometown in Kelantan today, planned to wear black.

"Since we are going to the airport, we plan to watch the ceremony before boarding our plane," he said.

Philomena Belavendram, in her 50s, who works in a law firm in Klang, said her whole office would observe a minute of silence while dressed in black today.

"I've had sleepless nights over this tragedy although I do not know any of the victims," she said, adding that she would offer prayers in church today after work.

Twenty-six-year-old Yvonne Soe, who works from home, said she would meet her friend at her office to join in the minute of silence and prayers for the victims.

"I honestly don't know how to feel or how to act, I'm just so glad the bodies are being brought home.

"At least there is some closure for the family members," she said.

Putrajaya resident Sashikala G.R. Nathan said she would observe the one minute silence when it was announced today.

"I will wear dark-coloured clothing and have advised others not to wear bright-coloured clothes."

Civil servant Ariff Yunus and his colleagues will go to the KL International Airport as a show of support.

"If possible, we would like to follow the convoy to the cemeteries as well," said Ariff, adding that the incident affected him emotionally as he had many friends in the airline industry.

In Kuching, Jessie Lam said she was still a little numb whenever she thought of the tragedy.

Lam, who operates a laundry, flies frequently as her husband is from the peninsula.

"It made me more aware that tragedies can happen any time, anywhere and to anyone. It can happen on long or short journeys," she said.

Coffeeshop owner Kok Fung Yek, 33, felt the same way.

"Every night, my family and I watch the news on TV and I am always saddened."

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