Solemn prayer: Malaysian Reverend Sing Han (standing, in saffron robe) and Dr Wee (seated, second last row nearest to door) with members of the Dutch Buddhist Association performing the rites before cremation for MH17 victims' in The Hague. - Bernama
THE HAGUE: A Buddhist ceremony was held for five Malaysian victims of the MH17 tragedy at a funeral home here.
The ceremony at the Monuta Innemee building, S-Gravenhage, started at 8am yesterday and was led by Buddhist priests in the presence of 100 family members of the victims and members of several local Buddhist associations.
Later, the remains were cremated in Zoetermeer, some 26km from the funeral home.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the ceremony went as planned.
“The families need not worry as it was conducted as agreed upon prior to this. We always endeavour to give the best and fulfil their requests,” he told the Malaysian media after the ceremony.
Interfaith prayers will be held for the victims when their remains are brought home from the Netherlands on Friday.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said the interfaith prayers would be conducted simultaneously but in a quiet and solemn manner.
“There will be no loud noises or chants, it will be done in a manner befitting the situation,” said Kurup when contacted yesterday.
He said representatives from the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism and the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia would conduct the prayers for the victims. — Bernama