In light of the recent event that had claimed 298 lives from the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 tragedy, this year’s Hari Raya open house in Putrajaya has been cancelled out of respect.

Attracting thousands of Malaysians and tourists, the annual Hari Raya open house is held at Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s official residence in Putrajaya.

But with the nation hit with two major airline disasters this year, including the still missing MH370, the cabinet have decided to skip this year’s festivities which was initially scheduled for Monday, 28 July 2014.

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The PM usually also hosts a Hari Raya open house in his hometown in Pekan, Pahang. (Photo: TheStar)

“The Cabinet meeting today has decided to cancel the PM’s Hari Raya open house scheduled to be held on the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri at his residence to mark the mourning of the victims of the MH17 tragedy,” said Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, minister in the prime minister’s department over Whatsapp message sent to the Malaysian Insider.

Usually, the PM would also host another open house event at his hometown in Pekan, Pahang. It is expected that the event will also be cancelled this year.

On 17 July 2014, 298 passengers on board MH17 were killed when it was shot down by Ukrainian rebels near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine.

While Najib has been lauded for his recent efforts in handling negotiations with Russian separatist leader, Alexander Borodai in retrieving the bodies of the victims and black boxes from the plane, he was also quoted as saying that the remains of the 43 Malaysians are very likely to not make it home for Hari Raya.