IPOH - It was the call they had been waiting for, but later wished they never received because it brought so much grief.
Choi Tat Seng's son had rung to ask if the family had also watched the Prime Minister's televised statement that MH370 "ended in the southern Indian Ocean".
Choi's daughter-in-law is flight stewardess Goh Sock Lay (above).
The 74-year-old calmly said he wanted to see evidence of the missing plane before believing completely that Goh was dead.
"We all watched the announcement by the Prime Minister last (Monday) night.
"My wife, who was very close to Goh, was devastated and broke down immediately after getting the call from my son," he told reporters outside his home in Kampung Tawas here.
"I want to believe my son, but I want to see evidence of the airplane's wreckage or debris.
"Whatever it is, we will let my son handle the matter," he said, adding that his son Loong Chow, 48, would be flying to Australia within the next few days.
Choi said Goh's daughter Wei Ling, 14, already knew about the latest announcement by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
"She is now in Penang with some relatives so as not to become too depressed," he added.
Choi said Goh was a good person who always helped out during festive celebrations.
"She would help cook the Chinese New Year reunion dinner," he said.