King voices Malaysia's support for Sri Lanka


  • Nation
  • Monday, 22 Apr 2019

PETALING JAYA: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatud­din Al-Mustafa Billah Shah conveyed Malaysia's support and solidarity to the people of Sri Lanka as the nation reels from the deadly Easter Day bombings.

"His Majesty strongly condemns the perpetrators involved in the blasts and is profoundly saddened by the devastating loss of life and injuries," said a statement from Istana Negara issued by the Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin.

"His Majesty also expresses his condolences and utmost sympathy for the victims of the "senseless and barbaric crime" and is saddened that innocent people were targeted during a time of prayer and celebration.

"His Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong conveys Malaysia's support and solidarity to the victims, their families and the people of Sri Lanka.

"His Majesty truly believes that the humanity and strength of the Sri Lankan people will prevail and preserve in the face of this horrific tragedy," he said.

On Easter Sunday (April 21), more than 200 people were killed and at least 450 injured in bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, the first major attack on the island since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.

The Sri Lankan government has declared a curfew, while major social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, have been blocked inside the country to prevent misinformation and rumours.