MH17: M’sians reminded to watch out for announcement on minute of silence

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Malaysians are reminded to watch out for the announcement on the one minute of silence in honour of those who ­perished on MH17, which will be observed simultaneously nationwide.

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The moment of silence is expected to take place between 10.30am and 11.15am.

The exact time will be announced over television and radio stations.

The Information Department has reminded the public and motorists to stop for the one minute of silence out of respect for the victims.

"Muslims should recite the Al-Fatihah, while non-Muslims should offer prayers according to their own religion.

"The announcement on the moment of silence will be broadcast live on television and radio stations. The timing will depend on whether the flight arrives on time as sche­duled," the department said in a statement yesterday.

Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek urged the public to observe the moment of silence as a symbol of unity in grieving for the victims.

"We are asking all Malaysians to be together no matter where they are, be it in offices, schools, shops or even at home.

"Let us show that we are united in paying our last respects to the victims and their families," he said, adding that such an act should be done voluntarily.

In another development, a special prayer session will be included in the daily invocation at the courts at 8.30am.

"We feel that we are family of the Malaysian victims as well. We also want to share in their sadness," said Federal Court's Chief Registrar Roslan Abu Bakar.

Roslan said the court staff had been advised to wear "light and not striking" colours as a show of respect to the victims and their families.

"All legal officers wear white shirts and black pants daily and this will also be in accordance with the Government's request over the attire for the day of mourning," he said.

Malaysian Syariah Lawyers Association president Musa Awang said syariah lawyers had postponed all Hari Raya gatherings and other functions scheduled to be held today.

"We also expect the reading of Surah Yassin at the syariah courts by a staff member as a show of respect for MH17 victims."