People observed a minute's silence as the country observed a day of mourning for the 20 Malaysians on board that was struck by a missile over war-ridden Ukraine on July 17.
And joining the friend and relatives of the victims at the airport were Malaysian King Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Prime Minister Najib Razak joined grieving relatives and sombre Malaysia Airlines staff.
Najib said,"Today we mourn the loss of our people. Today, we begin to bring them home." Appreciating the ever warring Muslim ethnic Malays and ethnic Chinese, Anthony Loke, an opposition parliamentarian added,"We see Malaysians uniting for one cause today. But there is no absolute closure until the perpetrators are brought to justice."
The loss of the flight came just four months after the mysterious disappearance of MH 370, which took down 239 passengers on board.