Loss and grief: Malaysia Airlines crew members reacting while watching a video tribute during the multi-faith prayer service at the Malaysia Airlines Academy in Kelana Jaya. — FAIHAN GHANI / The Star
PETALING JAYA: People of various beliefs held a special multi-faith prayer session in memory of the passengers and crew of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.
In a sombre event, Muslims, Christians, Sikh, Buddhists, Taoists, and Hindus offered their prayers to the untimely death of 298 passengers and crew of the plane that was shot down in Ukraine on July 17.
MH17 is believed to have been brought down by a surface-to-air missile in Ukrainian airspace about two hours after departing Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.
Also present at the event were Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and MAS group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya as well as MAS’ top management, the next of kin of the victims and representatives from the New Zealand, Australian, United States, Canadian, Chinese, the Philippines, Ukrainian, Netherlands and Indonesian embassies, as well as non-governmental organisations such as Mercy Malaysia and Make A Wish Foundation.