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Members of a youth group hold roses as they pray for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane at a hotel in Putrajaya on March 10, 2014. — AFP picMembers of a youth group hold roses as they pray for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane at a hotel in Putrajaya on March 10, 2014. — AFP picPUTRAJAYA, March 10 — Malaysians continue to offer special prayers for the safety of the passengers and crew of MAS Flight MH370 which has gone missing since March 8.

In a special session today, Ustaz Tuan Ismail Tuan Abdullah from the home ministry, who led a congregation, prayed that efforts to locate the aircraft proceed unhindered.

Also present in the congregation was Datin Seri Anggraini Sentiyakithe, wife of the federal territories minister, who visited the next-of-kin of the passengers and crew members of MH370 at their accomodation here today.

The Beijing-bound aircraft which ferried 227 passengers and 12 crewmen disappeared from the radar screen, about an hour after departing from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12.41am on Saturday.

It was scheduled to arrive in Beijing at 6.30am.

In KOTA BARU, Polytechnic Studies Department director-general Datuk Mohlis

In the Gallery


  • Indian sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik applies the final touches to a sand art sculpture he created wishing for the well being of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, on a beach in Puri, in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, March 9, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A view of oil slicks (pale line near the bottom right) spotted in an area of the South China Sea about 100 nautical miles (185km) from Tok Bali Beach in Malaysia's Kelantan state March 9, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • The Singaporean submarine support and rescue vessel, MV Swift Rescue, is prepared before it departs to assist in the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in Singapore, in this March 9, 2014 handout picture. — Reuters pic

  • A view of Singaporean submarine support and rescue vessel, MV Swift Rescue, which has joined the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, in Singapore in this undated handout picture. — Reuters pic

  • Malaysian Airlines Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya listens at a news conference at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang March 10, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Director General Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman speaks at a news conference at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang March 10, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Malaysian Airlines Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya and Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Director General Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman (R) take questions at a news conference at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang March 10, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Guo Shaochun, head of a joint working group sent by Chinese government to Malaysia after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, speaks to media at an airport in Beijing, March 10, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A joint working group sent by Chinese government to Malaysia, after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, wait for their flight at an airport in Beijing, March 10, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A journalist takes pictures of an ethnic Tibetan delegate after she was given a placard to hold outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 10, 2014. The placard reads, 'Pray for the passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.' — Reuters pic

  • A military personnel takes photos from the window of an aircraft belonging to the Vietnamese airforce during a search and rescue mission off Vietnam's Tho Chu island March 10, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A military officer takes notes during a search and rescue mission, onboard an aircraft belonging to the Vietnamese airforce, off Vietnam's Tho Chu island March 10, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Rescue officials and journalists sits onboard a Vietnam Air Force search and rescue aircraft An-26 on a mission to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at a military airport in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City March 10, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A relative of a passenger of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is seen through a door as he waits for updates from the airline, at a hotel in Beijing March 10, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Family members of the passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at the Everly Hotel on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Family members of the passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at the Everly Hotel on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (second left) speaks to the father of a passenger on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at the Everly Hotel on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (far right) speaks to the press at the Everly Hotel on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad arrives at the Everly Hotel to visit families of the passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Tun Dr Siti Hasmah (in white) arrives at the Everly Hotel to visit families of the passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Tun Mahathir Mohamad (far left, seated), Tun Dr Siti Hasmah (fourth right, seated) and his son Datuk Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir (third right, seated) speaks to the families of the passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at the Everly Hotel, on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • A woman stands in front of a giant screen showing the number hours since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing, in Beijing March 10, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A group of 150 people gathered at Dataran Merdeka to light candles and pray for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to be found and returned to their families, on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • A group of 150 people gathered at Dataran Merdeka to light candles and pray for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to be found and returned to their families, on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • A group of 150 people gathered at Dataran Merdeka to light candles and pray for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to be found and returned to their families, on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Women holding candles while praying for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to be found and returned to their families at Dataran Merdeka, on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • A participant praying for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to be found and returned to their families at Dataran Merdeka, on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • A child holds a candle at a gathering to pray for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to be found and returned to their families at Dataran Merdeka, on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • A woman holding a candle and a placard that reads 'Pray for MH370' at a gathering to pray for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to be found and returned to their families at Dataran Merdeka, on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • A couple light candles at a gathering to pray for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to be found and returned to their families at Dataran Merdeka, on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • A family writes messages on a sky lantern at a gathering to pray for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to be found and returned to their families at Dataran Merdeka, on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • People releasing a sky lantern that bears messages and prayers at a gathering to pray for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to be found and returned to their families at Dataran Merdeka, on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Concerned Malaysians attending 'solat hajat' special prayers to pray for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to be found and returned to their families at the at KLIA Mosque in Sepang, on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

  • Concerned Malaysians attending 'solat hajat' special prayers to pray for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at the at KLIA Mosque in Sepang, on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

  • Concerned Malaysians attending 'solat hajat' special prayers to pray for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at the at KLIA Mosque in Sepang, on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

  • Inflight Supervisor, Rusdi Yusof could not hold his tears as he prays for the safety of the passengers of flight MH370 at the KLIA Mosque in Sepang, on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

  • Inflight Supervisor, Rusdi Yusof could not hold his tears as he prays for the safety of the passengers of flight MH370 at the KLIA Mosque in Sepang, on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

  • Inflight Supervisor, Rusdi Yusof could not hold his tears as he prays for the safety of the passengers of flight MH370 at the KLIA Mosque in Sepang, on March 10, 2014. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

Jaafar said all 32 polytechnics nationwide would hold special prayers for the quick recovery of the missing aircraft.

“We suggest that all students and staff pray for positive development in the case.

“The prayers would be done twice, once in the morning, and the other at night. They will be held daily until the case is solved,” he told reporters after the 27th Convocation Ceremony of the Kota Baharu Polytechnic here today.

Mohlis said the department’s polytechnic volunteer team was ready to provide assistance. — Bernama 

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