GEORGETOWN – “If a person is alive, we need to see the person in order to prove he or she is still living. If one dies, we need to see the body,” said Guan Kak Hueng, father of a victim on board Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370.
Guan, 70, who is a watchmaker, said he still held hope that his daughter would one day return to her family home in Bukit Gedung, here.
He said as long as the body had not been found, he would pray for her safe return despite news that the plane had crashed.
“I feel sad when I see her picture, but I hold on to the Chinese saying that if a person is dead, we need to see the body (to prove it),” he told Bernama when met at his residence, here, today.
Guan’s daughter, Hua Jin, 34, an engineer, was among the 239 passengers and crew on board the ill-fated flight MH370 which went missing from radar screens on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, last year.
Early today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak confirmed that the flaperon found on Reunion Island on July 29 belonged to MH370.
Holding back tears, Guan said he had handed over all affairs regarding his second daughter to his son-in-law, who now resides in Kuala Lumpur with the couple’s two children.
“I hope the government can conduct a more thorough investigation to find the truth of what happened with the plane before it crashed,” said Guan, who admitted he was shocked by the findings.
Guan said he would always read the newspapers and watch the news on TV to get the latest information on his second child and the search for the missing plane.
“Hua Jin frequently went abroad on business but during her holidays, she always spent her time here in Bukit Gedung,” he said.
Guan said the mother of two children, aged two and five, had left for Beijing to participate in a three-week course organised by her company. – BERNAMA