Joint Prayer for Passenger and Crew of QZ8501


Indonesian community and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia initiated a joint prayer on Sunday (28/12) for the passengers and crews of the missing AirAsia Flight 8501. The prayer was led by Consul General Umar Hadi, joined by leaders and representatives of the Indonesian communities in Los Angeles and the surrounding area. The Ambassador of Malaysia to the United States, H.E. Datuk DR. Awang Adek Hussein—who happened to be in a working visit to Los Angeles—as well as the Consul General of Malaysia in Los Angeles also attended the ceremony.


“Since the early hours last night, we have been in close contact with the authorities in Jakarta and our Embassy in Singapore to acquire the latest information. The Indonesian community in Los Angeles is deeply concerned, including those who wish to know the whereabouts of their relatives on board the plane,” said Consul General Umar Hadi. “The Consulate has announced 24 hour hotlines for those inquiring about their families and relatives onboard the missing flight. We will keep you updated through the Consulate’s web-site and social media.”


“The Government of Indonesia appreciates and welcomes the various offers of assistance from friendly countries, including Malaysia, Singapore, the United States and others,” said Umar. “We have to be patient as the search is still ongoing. We hope that the missing plane will soon be found and the fate of our beloved brothers and sisters onboard could be determined.”


The Ambassador of Malaysia, H.E. Datuk DR. Awang Adek Hussin said that this incident was very heartbreaking since Malaysia had suffered two major airliner accidents earlier this year. “We are deeply saddened because there are so many passengers and crew are onboard the plane,” said the Ambassador. “We thank the Consul General and the Indonesian community in Los Angeles for organizing this joint prayer, and let us together pray to God for our brothers and sisters who are affected by this tragedy.”