Relatives of those onboard MH370, MH17 get together at special Hari Raya open house


SHAH ALAM (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - It has been more than a year since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing, but the children of one of its stewardesses still ask about their mother's whereabouts.

Lee Khim Fatt said their daughter aged 11 and a five-year-old son sometimes still asked him where their mother, Foong Wai Yueng, was and "when is she coming home?".

"They used to ask frequently during the first year after the incident. I explained that mommy is lost, or that the government is still searching for her.

"They are beginning to understand and have asked of her lesser now," he said during a Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house for families of those onboard two of the airlines' ill-fated flights - MH370 and MH17 - here yesterday.

Some 11 families turned up for the event at the Serambi Café, organised by the National Union of Flight Attendants (Nufam).

The 45-year-old Lee, a salesman from Subang, said the family was now moving on with their lives even as Foong's fate remained unknown.

"But we have not forgotten what happened until now and we still want answers," he said, adding that he hoped that the authorities would not stop searching for the plane until it was found.

Lee said that he had been meeting up with families of others onboard the flight frequently for support.

"I consider Jacquita Gomes, the wife of MH370 in-flight supervisor Patrick Francis Gomes, as a close family friend," he said.

Gomes, 53, who is now keeping herself busy helping out at a day-care centre, sewing and taking care of her four-year-old grandson, said that the families of those onboard the plane deserved answers.

"It has been so long," she added.

Air stewardess Lee Hui Pin's husband Wong Kin Wah said that he still missed his wife.

"But life still has to go on and I am dedicating my life to care for our three children now," he said.

Wife of MH370 steward Junaidi Mohd Kassim, Norazlinda Ayub, 40, has not given up hope that her husband would one day come home safely.

"But I am leaving it to Allah," she said.

Nufam president Ismail Nasaruddin said the union would continue to raise issues concerning the families of those onboard MH370 and MH17 and help them to voice out their problems.

MH370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people onboard.