Malaysians come together as search for missing airliner continues

A couple offer their prayers for the passengers of Malaysia Airlines MH370 near Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng
A couple offer their prayers for the passengers of Malaysia Airlines MH370 near Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 — Malaysians have taken to a variety of ways to show their support for the families of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370.

Some organisations like non-profit youth group IM4U and music company NBCUniversal have either cancelled or postponed their events.

NBCUniversal cancelled a scheduled press conference for for the E! News Asia Special Lisa Surihani “out of respect” for the missing MAS flight.

IM4U director Efny Johan said their press conference had the support of Media Prima but “after discussion with their management, it was agreed that focus should be given to MH370.”

As the sun sets on Day Three of the search and rescue operations with no news of the missing aircraft and what happened to its crew and passengers, Malaysians are feeling the weight of the helplessness of it all.

A public prayer, Prayer MH370, will be held tonight at Dataran Merdeka to show support for those involved in the incident.

One of the organisers, real estate negotiator Nixon Low, said that the prayer was a public initiative.

“Because we feel the pain for their family and they need our support,” Low said.

Elsewhere, Malaysians for Malaysia—know for their peaceful initiatives to highlight peace and harmony in the country—organised message walls at major shopping malls such as Pavillion where the public can show their support through written messages.

Malaysians for Malaysia convener Azrul Khalid commented how the incident turned into an opportunity for Malaysians to unite for a common cause.

“For far too long, we’ve been petty in terms of what’s important. This incident reminds us what’s important and that’s the people,” Azrul said.

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