MH370: Think positive and carry on

MH370: Think positive and carry on

On the day Mohamad Sofuan Ibrahim was due to leave for Beijing, his sister Farah uploaded on Facebook a photo of him and their 74-year-old mother Wantom Wan Chik at KL International Airport.

The caption read: "Till we meet again..soon insyaAllah..mak with her one and only son."

That was the last photo she took of her only brother - the youngest of five siblings.

Mohamad Sofuan, 33, an officer with the International Trade and Industry Ministry, was to have taken up position as second secretary for economic affairs at the ministry's Beijing office.

A year later, and no closer to knowing the truth behind the aircraft's disappearance, Farah, who is in her 30s, can only hold memories of her brother close to her heart.

"My family misses him dearly. There is never a time when we don't think about him and pray for him.

"We thank God for giving us the strength to move on with our lives," she said.

"We just think positively, hoping he will one day come home safely.

"However, we believe in God's will, that He knows what's best for Sofuan," she added.

Mohamad Sofuan has been widely described as a kind-hearted and spirited person, a brilliant man with a bright future ahead of him.

After accepting the posting to Beijing, Mohamad Sofuan, who had been with the ministry since 2011, had two scheduled flights to Beijing postponed before finally boarding MH370.

His family celebrated his 34th birthday on Feb 16 - 345 days after he had gone missing with the plane.

The small-scale affair included a prayer session at a mosque in Putrajaya, with Mohamad Sofuan's close friends in attendance.

"It was a very memorable and emotional night ... how blessed he is to have such lovely friends," said Farah in an Instagram posting.

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