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Malaysians, let’s all join hands in unity and show respect for the victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight #MH17 tomorrow (22nd August, Friday).

According to Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, a minute of silence will be observed when the remains of the first 20 victims come home tomorrow. The minute of silence to be observed is expected to be held some 30 minutes after the special plane transporting the remains of the victims taxies down the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) runway tomorrow.


Police personnel would be on hand to manage the traffic flow for the convoy of the remains en-route to the burial grounds in the respective states. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mu’adzam Shah would be attending the ceremony at KLIA while the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah is expected to be in Ipoh to receive the remains.

Source: The Star Online
Source: The Star Online

“We hope the people can be ready for the moment of silence expected to be held during that time. An announcement will be made for the nation to stand and observe the one minute of silence,” Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek told a joint press conference on the ceremony to receive the remains of the #MH17 victims yesterday.

The minute of silence is expected to happen between 10:45am and 11:15am.

Traffic is expected to come to a standstill too at the following locations during the moment of silence:

  • Penang Bridge
  • Bang­unan Sultan Abdul Samad in Kuala Lumpur
  • KLIA
  • KLIA2
  • Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine Complex in Johor Baru
  • Sabah (Location to be confirmed)
  • Sarawak (Location to be confirmed)

Meanwhile, the Government has also released the names of the 20 Malaysian victims on board #MH17 whose remains will arrive in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow. The announcement was made by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein at KLIA’s Bunga Raya Complex Thursday after the final rehearsal for the reception ceremony. The names are as follows:

Source: The Star Online
Source: The Star Online

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who was at the joint press conference, said a reception to receive the second set of remains will be held on Sunday, 24th August.

Malaysians, whether you’re at school, at work, at the gym, in the office, or in your vehicles, let’s do this. Let’s finally welcome our fellow Malaysians home with heavy but warm hearts. Because they deserve that much love, dignity, and respect.

Sources: 1, 2.

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