UMNO has cancelled a gathering scheduled for May 14th at Dataran Merdeka to celebrate its 70th anniversary, as a mark of respect over the helicopter crash.

An UMNO sports carnival and the UMNO flag run to be held nationwide had also been cancelled.

Its secretary-general, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said in a statement, the party felt it is not right to hold the May 14th gathering, as party members are still upset and in mourning over the incident.

He however said that an UMNO anniversary event scheduled for May 11th at PWTC would proceed but on a moderate scale with prayers and a 'tahlil'.

UMNO also expresses condolences to the families of victims of the tragedy.