ALOR SETAR - Family members of bank worker Chew Kar Mooi, 31, who was on Flight MH370, find it hard to swallow the latest update on the ill-fated plane - that it went down in the southern Indian Ocean.
Kar Mooi's sister Chew Kar Hui, 33, said it was "very hard" for the family to accept that those on board had perished.
"There's no detailed explanation except that the last position was in the Indian Ocean," she said yesterday.
Despite preparing for the worst, she said her family was still hoping that Kar Moi and everyone else on the plane were safe at an unknown location.
"Although I know the chances are slim, we are still optimistic."
Kar Hui, a housewife living in Kuala Lumpur, came back to keep her parents Chew Kok Sia, 62, and Tan Tuan Lay, 53, company in Kerpan, Kubang Pasu.
"My parents and I were so heartbroken upon learning about the latest update when we heard Prime Minister (Datuk Seri) Najib Tun Razak's announcement on television at 10pm on Monday night.
"My mum also had a dream twice that my sister came back home as usual," she added.
Kar Mooi was one of four Kedahans who boarded the flight on March 8.
The other three were businessman Jee Jing Hang, 41, engineer Chng Mei Ling, 33, and International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) officer Mohamad Sofuan Ibrahim, 33.
Jing Hang's mother Tan Giat Gua, 68, was too distraught to speak to reporters at her house in Jitra.
Jing Hang's only brother Jee Ying Seong, 42, said his family was still hoping that Jing Hang would return home safely.
"As long as there's no proof on my brother's whereabouts, there's still hope," he said in a choked voice.
He added that his brother, who owned a computer software firm in Negri Sembilan, had two children aged 11 and 13.
Earlier on Monday night, when the media visited Ying Seong, they were stopped by family friends from getting close to the house. Tan could be heard wailing while relatives and friends had to calm her down.
Mohamad Sofuan's house in Jalan Kota Tanah, Seberang Perak near here, was empty. It is believed his parents have gone to Kuala Lumpur to get the latest updates.