SUNGAI BULOH: With her husband Mohamad Hazrin Mohamed Hasnan and Flight MH370 still missing, Intan Maizura Othman is juggling being both a mother and father to her two children.
“I am seeking strength in my children,” said the 34-year-old, of her daughter Iman, four, and her newborn 28-day-old son Muhammad.
“It’s a tiring task that I have to do alone now; taking care of my kids, waking up alone and coping with all this. It has been challenging,” Intan said.
“I’m okay but now that it has come to a 100 days, it’s getting more painful and tiring. I’ve grown restless of just waiting,” she said.
Intan said Mohamad Hazrin, a cabin crew member on the Boeing-777, was her partner in everything at home – from caring for the family to doing the household chores. “It’s excruciating just missing him,” she said.
During a charity dinner organised by the National Union of Flight Attendants earlier this month, Intan said she had to be strong for her children. “In time, I will tell Iman that she has lost her papa,” she said.
About 10 passengers and cabin crew families gathered at the Kolej Perkembangan Awal Kanak-Kanak yesterday to commemorate the 100th day of the flight’s disappearance and to mark Fathers Day.
Intan, along with the other families, penned heartfelt notes to their loved ones and folded them into paper planes and cranes.
The event was organised by Voice370, a next-of-kin association of 205 families of the MH370 passengers, which aims to “seek the truth behind” the disappearance.
In SUBANG JAYA, friends of pilot Capt Zaharie Ahmad Shah gathered at the Subang airport and shared fond memories of him.
Peter Chong remembered how Capt Zaharie made ketupat palas for him last year.
“He makes really good ketupat palas and sent me a picture of him making it. Next thing I knew, he was at my door step the next day with the ketupat palas,” he said.
Capt Zaharie’s Penang Free School classmate Mohd Nasir Othman expressed sadness that the plane had yet to be found.
“It is 100 days now and it seems we are back to square one,” he said, describing Capt Zaharie as “a very likable person”.
“He is someone you can never hate. He is very humble and nice,” said Mohd Nasir, who has known Capt Zaharie for more than 40 years.
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