Published on: Friday, March 28, 2014
As long as there is no proof, I will not want to go home empty-handed," said Chng Khai Ling, brother of a passenger on a lost Malaysian airliner.
Chng, 37, said it was not easy to convince his parents although the latest information had it that the plane had gone down in the Indian Ocean.
"Upon hearing the announcement, my mother cried. It's sad for our family. Until now, we still cannot believe it.
But if we see some proof, we may be able to accept it. However, for the moment we still have hope," he told reporters here Thursday.
Chng's sister, Mei Ling, an engineer, was among the 227 passengers and 12 crew on board Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370 which went missing while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8.
A multinational search was mounted for the aircraft, first in the South China Sea and then, after it was learned that the plane had veered off course, along two corridors - the northern corridor stretching from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand and the southern corridor, from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean.
Following an unprecedented type of analysis of satellite data, United Kingdom satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat and the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) concluded that Flight MH370 flew along the southern corridor and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak then announced on March 24, seventeen days after the disappearance of Flight MH370 that it "ended in the southern Indian Ocean".
Chng said his sister, the third of five siblings, would usually return to the family home in Sungai Petani, Kedah, but this time she did not have the time to do so.
"My siblings are very close and I hope that evidence can be found quickly and, if that happens, I am ready to go to Australia," he said.
The search in the southern Indian Ocean is being conducted out of Perth. - Bernama