PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - The Twin Towers Alive 2014 concert featuring US star Christina Aguilera has been cancelled following the announcement that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had ended in the southern Indian Ocean.
Petronas said it had decided with event organiser Live at Work Sdn Bhd and other sponsors to cancel the concert as a sign of respect to the families of the 239 passengers and crew on board.
Craig David, Lifehouse and Rain were also due to perform at the concert scheduled for March 28 and 29.
R&B musician David tweeted about an hour after news of the cancellation broke: "My heart goes out2 the crew & passengers of flight #MH370 This has been a horrific ordeal 4 the families 2deal with. My prayers are with U."
The SapuraKencana Petroleum Malaysia Grand Prix Gala & Concert, which was scheduled for tomorrow night, has also been cancelled.
"I hope everyone will understand that the time is not right to celebrate," said organiser Live at Work Sdn Bhd chief communications officer Yusoff Iwasi.
Yesterday, Bernama reported that the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards programmes will be scaled back following the announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Monday night.
Laureus World Sports Academy chairman Edwin Moses said several events had been put on hold ahead of the ceremony today.
"We feel the appropriate action at this time is to scale down some of our activities over the next two days," he said in a statement yesterday.
Meanwhile, Red FM announcer JJ said yesterday morning was a solemn affair on the Red Breakfast WTF, whereby they opened up the phone lines for listeners to share their condolences, prayers and messages for all those affected by the tragedy.
"Listeners started sharing their thoughts through poems, song dedications and quotes as early as 6am," he said.
At 8am, a silence of 30 seconds was observed by the four stations of the Star Radio Group as a mark of respect to all those on board.
Star Radio Group chief operating officer Kudsia Kahar said people were welcomed to call Red FM, SuriaFM, 988 and Capital FM, to express how they feel.