Flags lowered to half-mast in Johor in memory of MH370 passengers and crew
Published on Mar 25, 2014 5:08 PM
JOHOR BARU - Flags have been lowered to half-mast in the Malaysian state of Johor to mourn the presumed loss of all 239 lives aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
The instruction came from Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ismail, Johor Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) Mohamed Khaled Nordin told reporters on Tuesday.
"The Sultan said this was a mark of respect for the passengers and crew, and to express sympathy to their families," Mr Khaled was quoted as saying by Malaysian news agency Bernama.
Government agencies and private companies in Johor have been told to fly their flags at half-mast, he said, adding that he hoped family members of the passengers on board MH370 could come to terms with the reality soon.
Prime Minister Najib Razak, however, said in Parliament today that Malaysia will not begin the official mourning process by flying national flags at half-mast until the plane wreakage is found.
On Monday night, he announced on live TV the latest findings from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch and British satellite firm Inmarsat, which concluded that MH370 had ended its flight in a remote part of the southern Indian Ocean.