KUALA LUMPUR - While Malaysian newspapers turned black as tribute to the 239 passengers and crew aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines' (MAS) flight MH370, netizens turned their profile pictures black.
Netizens of various religion, race and background came together to pray and express their condolences to the families of the passengers and crew of MH370 on social media sites such Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as Whatsapp messenger.
As Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak made the sad announcement last night, some of them changed their profile picture and cover photo to black, while some displayed MAS flight icon in tribute to the victims.
One of the widely circulating image displayed a MAS flight over a black ribbon. Other images had wordings like "R.I.P #MH370" or "#AlfatihahforMH370" over black background.
Displaying a black profile picture on Facebook, Piramila Kampan said: "Couldn't sleep, thinking about how the passengers, crews and the pilots underwent this tragedy. May their soul rest in peace and may GOD grant strength and heal the pain of their loved ones. RIP MH370."
Farida Wan said: "I am deeply saddened by this unfortunate news. May the families affected remain strong and accept the fate of their loved ones. Alfatihah to all the Muslims and may the others rest in peace...at least there will be a closure."
Lili Wong said: "It's so heartbreaking to hear this devastating piece of news. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of MH370 passengers. Stay strong in your faith and God be with you through this difficult period."
Ross Stephenson in extending his condolences said: "Condolences to all those who are bearing the weight of this news. But to truly find closure, we must answer the next most important question...Why?"
@eilinahassim tweeted: "It started with worries, ends with grief, tears in between, now left with prayers. Can we still hope?"
@tonyeusoff tweeted: "To MAS, this is obviously the worst of times. Most Malaysians if not all, are behind you. Thank you for managing #MH370 at your best."
"A little girl is praying for her father from #MH370 to come home safely. Makes me want to cry" tweets @ItsScottSummers.
Najib, on Momday announced that the flight path of the missing MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.
He made the announcement following the never before used analysis by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and Inmarsat, the UK company which provided the satellite data that indicated the northern and southern corridors.