Special prayers in Malaysia for MH17 victims tonight

Special prayers in Malaysia for MH17 victims tonight
Two aircraft carrying the remains of some of the 298 passengers who died on Flight MH17 touched down at an airport in the Dutch city of Eindhoven on Wednesday, as next-of-kin and Dutch and foreign officials looked on.

KUALA LUMPUR - Special prayers will be conducted to remember the victims of Flight MH17 at Dataran Merdeka tonight.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari said this year's Merdeka celebrations would be different from previous years as a mark of respect for the victims and their families.

"We would like to invite the public to come and join our tahlil prayers at Dataran Merdeka at 9pm," he said after launching the Pocket Show Programme in conjunction with the Merdeka month celebrations at KL Sentral here yesterday.

The Pocket Show Programme 2014, organised by the Federal Territories Information Department, is aimed at instilling the spirit of patriotism among Malaysians.

The two-day event will focus on several locations including Brick­fields, KL Sentral, the Sogo shopping complex area and Putrajaya, where the Jalur Gemilang will be distributed by 105 volunteers from the 1Malaysia Club and the Federal Territories Information Department staff.

Jailani said there had been positive response towards the programme with many youths volunteering to join in the festivities.

"We can see them at various LRT and monorail stations, distributing the Jalur Gemilang to the public," he said.

At a separate event, Communi­cations and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said that guidelines had been drawn up on the type of patriotic programmes that would be lined up for the Merdeka celebration.

"We cannot have entertainment by heavy metal bands at these events," he said.

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