KLANG - His own heart is still in pain but the father of Petronas marketing manager Puspanathan Subramaniam - who was on Flight MH370 that went missing in March - wants to reach out to the family members of those who died in the MH17 tragedy.
"I know what they must be going through. There is no other pain that equals the suffering people go through when loved ones perish tragically," said G. Subramaniam (pic).
Subramaniam, who lives in Telok Panglima Garang near here, said he planned to visit the families of MH17 cabin crew members Shaikh Mohd Noor Mahmood and Angeline Premila Rajandran.
Both Angeline and Shaikh Mohd Noor were from Klang and their families live in Bukit Tinggi and Taman Chi Liung respectively.
Subramaniam said the parents of the two MAS employees must be going through sheer agony.
"We parents expect to go before our children, not the other way around," he said.
Subramaniam was shocked when he heard about MH17 being shot down over Ukrainian air space.
"The mystery of MH370 is yet to be solved and we have another MAS aircraft ending up in tragedy.
"It is a challenging and sad time for the country and Malaysians, especially people like me who are suffering from the loss of a loved one," said Subramaniam.
However, he added that unlike the families of the MH17 victims, the families of the MH370 victims did not have closure and would continue to be in the dark about what really happened to their loved ones.
"I think the families of those on board MH370 will never be able to have closure," said Subramaniam, who turns 60 today.
He said Puspanathan came to visit him with a cake on his 59th birthday last year and the entire family went out for dinner to celebrate.
"My 60th birthday is the saddest day of my life as I do not know what has happened to my only son," said Subramaniam.
Shaikh Mohd Noor's father Mahmood Shaikh Abdul Rashid said he would welcome Subramaniam to his home any time.
"He can come any time he wants and we really appreciate his concern," he said.
Mahmood hoped that MAS would get in touch with the grieving families as soon as possible.
"We have yet to hear anything from MAS and are all here at my home sitting around and waiting," he said.
"What else can we do?" Mahmood asked.