MH17: Use today to promote peace too, says Bar

MH17: Use today to promote peace too, says Bar
Student Wong Jia Yi, 16, at a candlelight vigil for victims of the MH17 crash, in Kuala Lumpur last night. Her mother lost three friends in the MH370 disappearance in March. The Malaysian Bar urges all Malaysians to honour the memory of victims by working to preserve life and promoting peace, unity and harmony.

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - The Malaysian Bar said today should not just be about commemorating MH17 victims, but a moment where Malaysians can collectively dedicate themselves to the cause of peace. MH17 Tragedy - Related Stories

"While we mourn and remember those who have died, let us also ­honour their memory by working to preserve life and promoting peace, unity and harmony," said Bar Council president Christopher Leong in a statement yesterday.

He said the tragedy was a ­reminder that Malaysia was part of a global village, where conflict occurring thousands of miles away could have an impact here.

"The tragedy continues to tear at the heart of Malaysians all over the world.

"Let us channel our efforts and our funds towards peace-making initiatives throughout the world.

"Let us not be afraid to take bold and innovative steps to seek the common good," he said, urging all Malaysians to build bridges and reach out to others.

Leong also expressed the council's deepest sympathies and condo­lences to those who lost their loved ones, friends and colleagues on MH17.

"We share deeply in your immea­surable grief and loss, and hope that our collective empathy and solidarity provide some small measure of comfort and strength," he said.

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