SHAH ALAM:Though more than a year has passed, the husband of a flight attendant from the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 wants the government not to give up in their search efforts to locate the aircraft.
The husband, who asked to be identified only by his surname, Lee when sharing his plight, said both his 11-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son had always been asking about the whereabouts of their mother, Foong Wai Yueng, 39, ever since the flight went missing on March 8 last year.
“I have to explain to my children that their mother has been lost in contact and haven’t been found and that the government is still searching for her,” he told reporters when met at the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) Aidilfitri open house in Bukit Jelutong, here today.
Some 11 families and next-of-kin of the crew members of flight MH370 and MAS flight MH17 attended the event.
Foong, was among the 239 crew members and passengers on board the aircraft which went missing on March 8, 2014 en route to Beijing from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
The government has officially declared the disappearance of MH370 as an accident under international aviation rules, and that all 239 passengers and crew aboard were presumed to have lost their lives.
Meanwhile, wife of Capt Wan Amran Wan Hussin who perished in the downing of MH17, Mariam Yusof, 45, said the Aidilfitri celebration this year was gloomy as no preparation was made because the family was still mourning the loss of her late husband.
Mariam who has two children, Wan Yosuf, 11, and Wan Irfan, 9 said she flew with her family to Amsterdam for the memorial service held for the victims of MH17 during the festival.
Forty-three Malaysians were killed when flight MH17 went down in eastern Ukraine on July 17 last year as it was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.
The Boeing 777-200 aircraft was believed to have been shot down over the troubled country, and all the 298 people on board were killed.
Meanwhile, Nufam president, Ismail Nasaruddin said the event today was to gather all the families of the victims of MH370 and MH17 and share their grief together.
He hoped that the government would continue to give priority and assistance to the families concerned as they needed more support to cope up with the difficult situation. – BERNAMA