Missing MH370: Malaysians of all faiths unite in prayers for passengers

Missing MH370: Malaysians of all faiths unite in prayers for passengers
Volunteer rescue workers and religious organizations pray during multi-religion mass prayers for the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang March 9, 2014.

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - As the mystery surrounding the missing MH370 plane enters its third day, families of passengers onboard continue to cling on to hope in the absence of new leads.

Their anxiety is shared not only by all of Malaysia but people around the world.

While the MH370 aircraft and its passengers are still missing, the nation is united in prayers for those onboard and their family members.

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) is planning a joint prayer ceremony.

"Until today, there is no sign of the plane or its passengers. Until any evidence is recovered, we still have hope. It is important that we keep the hope alive and pray for a miracle," said MCCBCHST vice-president Daozhang Tan Hoe Chieow yesterday.

He said the council members would decide on the time and venue of the prayer ceremony soon.

On Saturday, the MH370 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing mysteriously disappeared, leaving family members of the 239 passengers and crew waiting for answers.

Council of Churches of Malaysia general-secretary Rev Dr Hermen Shastri encouraged all Christians to include prayers for the affected families in their daily prayers during Lent - the Christian season of preparation before Easter, lasting for about 40 days.

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