12 Mar 2014

Titip Doa MH370

My son will come home alive

Retired English teacher Wan Tom Wan Chik, 74, has not been watching the television news at all.

She and her ex-headmaster husband, Ibrahim Abdul Razak, 76, believe their government officer son, Mohamad Sofuan Ibrahim, will come home safely.

Sofuan is among the 227 passengers on board missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 that departed for Beijing from KLIA at 12.41am early Saturday.

The plane, however, lost radio contact 40 minutes later and hasn’t been heard from since.

A massive search and rescue operation is currently under way to locate the plane.

“I’m a mother, my instincts tell me he is alive. He will come home..”

In an interview with The Rakyat Post today at The Everly Hotel Putrajaya, the couple recollected memories of Sofuan’s childhood.

“He is the youngest of our 5 children. He even sent us a photograph of himself on board the flight. He is an eligible bachelor, mind you,” Wan Tom said with a smile, after which she wiped off her tears.

“I can’t sleep and eat. He keeps coming in my dreams. My blood pressure has been unstable. I don’t believe what’s being said… my son will come back!” the hopeful mother said while choking back tears.

Looking weak, Wan Tom often gazes off into space during the interview, looking perturbed.

“He is the darling of our family.. He is our only son and we love him to bits,” Wan Tom said of Sofuan, an officer with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

Earlier, The Rakyat Post reported that Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed met with Sofuan’s family at the airport on Saturday.

“I just saw the father, mother, and sisters of Sofuan at KLIA.

“He is an outstanding officer who was on the way to report for duty as the second economic secretary at our embassy in Beijing,” Mustapa told The Rakyat Post in a text message.

Sofuan is a senior assistant director in the Investment Policy and Trade Facilitation, Investment Policy and Investment Incentives Unit.

the rakyat post

Missing MH370: Global focus also on DCA's director-general

Man of the hour: Azharuddin answering questions from journalists from various media on the missing plane.

SEPANG: While the world’s attention is transfixed on the search for the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, all eyes and ears are also centred on Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, who is in charge of one of the largest search and rescue (SAR) operations for a missing airliner in many years.

He was the DCA’s airworthiness director who investigated several cases of aircraft accidents in Malaysia. But this is the first time global focus is on him.

“It is a challenge beyond words. I am always on the phone with authorities from other countries to exchange information.

“There are a lot of (SAR) activities going on in many areas. All must be reported to me,” he said in an interview.

The 56-year-old Temerloh-born engineer, who has led the DCA since 2008, came out strongly against accusations that he was withholding information.

He said updated and verified information was vital for him to plan the next course of action.

“I just cannot announce something without confirming the details with the other authorities. There have been many unverified reports which were later found to be untrue.

“Imagine the consequences if I just picked up these unverified reports and told the whole world about it,” he added.

“The entire world, especially the relatives of the aircraft’s passengers are hanging on to every word I say.

“We are now dealing with an aircraft which has disappeared with many people on board and I’m determined to find out why,” he said.

Journalists covering Azharuddin’s press conference at Sama-Sama Hotel, where the MH370 operations and media centre have been set up, praised his efforts in providing information despite the difficult situation.

The Star’s Putrajaya bureau chief Zuhrin Ahzam Ahmad described Azharuddin as “extremely calm”.

“I’m here for his daily press conferences and he answers questions very carefully. There are many times that he never refers to his notes during the briefings,” he added.

AFP Kuala Lumpur correspondent Shannon Teoh said that Azharuddin seemed to be able to handle the pressure and was well-briefed about the frantic search for the Boeing 777.

Astro Awani broadcast journalist Tan Su Lin said that despite being grilled by the media, Azharuddin did not try to avoid the horde of reporters during the long wait for updates.

the star

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