LegCo holds two-minute silence for NZ mosque attack victims

|     Azlan Othman     |

MEMBERS of the Legislative Council (LegCo) held a two-minute silence and recited Surah Al-Fatihah on the ninth day of the LegCo meeting yesterday to honour the victims of the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand last Friday.

More than 50 worshippers were gunned down in separate attacks at the Al-Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque.

The LegCo yesterday expressed condolences to the victims and shared their profound sadness and sympathy with the families of the victims, and prayed that Allah the Almighty will place the departed amongst martyrs and the pious.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, consented to send a message of condolence to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern following the attacks on Linwood Mosque and Al-Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, which claimed the lives of 50 people and injured many others.

In the message, His Majesty stated that Brunei Darussalam joins the international community in condemning all acts of violence against civilians in places of worship in the strongest of terms, and stands with the people and Government of New Zealand in this challenging time. The message ended with His Majesty stating that His Majesty and the people of Brunei send their “deepest condolences and sympathies to the bereaved families affected by this tragedy”.

Members of the Legislative Council (LegCo) held a two-minute silence and recited Surah Al-Fatihah on the ninth day of the 15th LegCo meeting yesterday to honour the victims of the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand last Friday. Photo shows Minister of Religious Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman leading the prayer. Also seen are Cabinet Ministers, government officials and attendees
Minister of Religious Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman leads the recitation of prayer for the victims of the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand during the 15th Legislative Council session yesterday. Also seen are Cabinet Ministers, government officials and attendees
Legislative Council members during the recitation of prayer. – PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI