JITRA – Despite the Department of Civil Aviation’s (DCA) declaration today that the flight MH370 had met an accident and its passengers had perished, the family of a passenger, Jee Jing Han, 42, still harbours the hope for a miracle.
His cousin, who only wanted to be identified as Jean, said Jee’s mother was still hoping for a miracle that his son was still alive and the Chinese New Year celebration would be meaningless for them as a family.
“For every festival, lantern festival, glutinous rice festival, prayer visit, he would be back, we were very close,” she told reporters at Jee’s family house in Taman Rasa Sayang, here today.
She said the last time she met Jee was during the last Chinese New Year when he brought various gifts for the family from Seremban where he worked as a computer programmer.
“Last Chinese New Year, he brought various cookies for the family knowing the hardship they were going through and he had been working very hard in Seremban to help his family,” Jean added.
Jee’s mother, who declined to be interviewed by reporters, was seen sobbing away when she saw her son’s picture being flashed on television today.
However, Jean said the family was still hoping the government would not stop looking for the aircraft and find Jee, a widower with two children aged 12 and 14 years.
Meanwhile, the mother of another MH370 passenger, Mohamad Sofian Ibrahim, 33, accepted the loss of her son although she was still hoping for her son to be found.
Wan Tom Wan Chik, 74, said she was always following the development of MH370 on television and accepted the loss of her youngest child.
“I accept the loss but if found, I would be very grateful as he has never faded from the memory of our family. Each time, I remembered him, I would recite prayers for him,” she told reporters when met at her house in Alor Setar.
In IPOH, the mother-in-law of MH370 chief stewardess Goh Sock Lay, Phong Sai Moi, 74, refused to answer questions, saying that she was feeling hurt.
When met at her home in Kampung Tawas, Ipoh, she appeared sad and considered that Goh was still alive for as long as she did not see her daughter-in-law.
“I am very sad, whatever it is I want to see the body of my daughter-in-law. My son (Choi Loong Chow, 49, who is Goh’s husband) is not home, he is outstation,” she said when met by reporters.
The late Goh has a child, Choi Wei Ling , 15. – BERNAMA