KUALA LUMPUR: Iman Mohd Hazrin was about to turn five when she lost her father, Mohd Hazrin Mohamed Hasnan, who was one of the 239 on board flight MH370, which went missing on March 8, 2014.
Four years on, nine-year-old Iman still keeps her nightly routine of placing a photo of her father beside her before she goes to sleep.
And when she misses him, she would recite a prayer for him.
“I miss you,” said Iman, when asked what she would tell her father, who was a flight attendant.
When the tragedy struck, Iman’s mother, Intan Maizura Othman, 37, was seven months pregnant with her second child, Muhammad Mohd Hazrin, now four.
“My daughter asks me tough questions like ‘Where’s the grave, will papa come home?’
“My son has no idea of what’s going on, but my daughter, as she grows up, understands more and more of what happened,” said Intan Maizura, who is a homemaker.
She said it has not been easy on Iman.
“I am praying for the best and hoping that one day someone can come and tell us the truth about what happened to the plane,” she said at a MH370 remembrance event at Publika Shopping Gallery here.
It was organised by Voice 370, a family support group of relatives and sympathisers.
Its spokesman Grace Nathan, 30, who lost her mother Anne Daisy Nathan, said it was important to find the plane, solve the mystery and prevent a similar tragedy.
“As time goes on, it has become much more important to me that people realise how important the search for MH370 is for the future of aviation,” said the lawyer.
Grace said many of the next of kin are still in different stages of a limbo because there’s no closure.
“What is there for us to heal from? We don’t even know what happened.
“In some ways my life is stagnant. I wake up, I go to work and live my life but a lot of myself is still stuck in the event,” said Grace.
Business consultant K.S. Narendran, 54, who lost his wife Chandrika Sharma, travelled from Chennai, India, for the event.
“For us it’s more than just personal, there’s an issue of aviation safety that is at stake. Until we know what really happened, we won’t know what to fix,” he said.
MH370 response team head Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said it is now in the process of finalising the recovery plan should the aircraft be found.
“We are preparing now by talking to agencies in Malaysia and Australia to give assistance should the recovery take place. It should be finalised in two weeks,” Azharuddin told reporters yesterday.
Private firm Ocean Infinity – commissioned by Malaysia on a “no find, no fee” basis – has resumed the search for the aircraft.
The firm is to collect the fee if it locates the aircraft within 90 days of search operations.
“The search is expected to end in early June.
“The time line from January to June includes the 90 days of search operations, plus extra days that are needed for the ship to make return trips to the port from the search area to resupply the ship, and more,” Azharuddin said.
Seabed Constructor, the vessel deployed for the search has now moved on to the secondary search area which covers 10,000km sq after having combed the primary search area which covers 5,000km sq, he added.
Transport Ministry deputy secretary-general Mohd Khairul Adib Abd Rahman said while the question of the plane’s whereabouts remain unanswered, efforts are still underway to find answers.
“At the international level, Malaysia continues to advocate for global aviation safety in order to avoid recurrences,” he said.