Friday, October 18

Family members still hope for loved ones’ return


Maira Elizabeth looking at her father’s photo at the MH370 Tribute Photo Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. – Bernama photo

KUALA LUMPUR: With almost 121 days since the mysterious disappearance of flight MH 370, family members are still hoping for the return of their loved ones, despite knowing the flight ended in the Indian Ocean.

Maira Elizabeth, daughter of chief steward on flight MH370, Andrew Nari, earnestly hoped the respective parties kept their promises and that they could find the plane soon.

“All those people on board, whether they are dead or alive does not matter, as long as they come back,” she said.

Meanwhile, Jacquita Gomes, wife of MH 370 inflight supervisor Patrick Gomes, said the hope remained that they were still on land, which made their chances of coming back higher.

“We are just carrying on with life at the moment, we just don’t want it (incident) to be quiet, people need to still remember that they are still out there,” she said when met at the launching of MH370 Tribute Photo Exhibition by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein here yesterday.

In the  meantime, she also praised Hishamuddin for not giving up on the search and rescue efforts and, for which, he would monitor the progress closely.

“It is a relief he will see to it till the end, so we rely on them (relevant authorities) and we have to wait for them to do all that but whether they find it there (search area) or not, that is another story,” she told reporters.

The Beijing-bound Boeing 777-200 with 239 people on board went missing on March 8, an hour after taking off from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

It was to have landed in Beijing at 6.30am on the same day.

The MH370 Tribute Photo Exhibition is organised by the Foreign Correspondents Club of Malaysia,  which exhibits 40 sentimental photographs taken by international and local photographers who covered the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 tragedy.

The exhibition, which will be on display until July 21 at the Publika mall, showcases the work of photographers from news organisations, including The Associated Press, Reuters, The Sun, Xinhua, The Malaysian Insider and China Press. — Bernama