Wednesday, July 23, 2014

National contingent to honour MH17 victims

MALAYSIA Airlines flight MH17 will be a prominent part of Malaysia’s Commonwealth Games opening ceremony today with the national contingent remembering the passengers and crew who died after the plane was shot down in Ukrainian airspace last week.

Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, in declining to reveal what was planned, said he hoped it would be a fitting honour for those onboard the ill-fated flight.

“I will not reveal what we have planned but it is only fitting that we remember those onboard the plane before a global audience,” said Khairy, who broke fast with the contingent at the Games Village on Monday.

Khairy had earlier asked the national athletes to give their best in the Commonwealth Games.
“Malaysia’s participation at the Games has never been about making up the numbers. We may be a small country but we have always stood tall in the Commonwealth Games and this must continue in Glasgow.”

Athletes observe a minute of silence during a flag raising ceremony yesterday as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives on flight MH17.

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