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The Football Association of Malaysia announced on Thursday that the gesture would be observed before kick off in honor of the fallen soldiers in the Lahad Datu stand-off

By Khalis Rifhan

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has announced that a minute of silence will be observed before the start of every Malaysian league match this weekend, in honor of the fallen soldiers from the battle in Lahad Datu, Sabah. 

In a press release to media on Thursday evening, the FAM stated that the gesture will be observed as soon as the Malaysian national anthem, ‘NegaraKu’, is played, with the following message to be read out.

“In honor of our soldiers that have fallen in the battle field in Lahad Datu and Semporna, Sabah, while protecting the country sovereignty, fans and all in attendance are urged to stand for a minute and offer Al-Fatihah for those of the Muslim religion and offer prayers for those from the other religions.”

There will be a Malaysian Super League match in Singapore this week as the LionsXII welcome the visit of Kelantan on Saturday at the Jalan Besar Stadium. The match will kick-off at 7.45p.m.