MH370: Victim's wife 'disgusted' by Malaysia-based author's e-book

MH370: Victim's wife 'disgusted' by Malaysia-based author's e-book

PETALING JAYA - A fictional take on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has "disgusted" Danica Weeks, the wife of missing New Zealander Paul Weeks, who was aboard the plane, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

A New Zealand author based in Ipoh released the e-book titled MH370: A Novella under the pen name Scott Maka, just three months after the tragedy, and has been downloaded hundreds of times since its publication on Sunday.

"I'd rather they'd put their efforts to helping them find the truth, to be honest. We're going to be spending the rest of our lives doing that," Weeks said of the work.

She deemed it hurtful to the loved ones of 239 people on board the flight, which disappeared in the early hours of March 8 en route to Beijing, as there have been no conclusive findings on what actually caused the tragedy.

Weeks is also supporting a crowd-funding campaign to reward private investigators and whistleblowers with US$5mil (S$6.3 mil) for unearthing new clues on the plane's disappearance.

Maka wrote the book after experiencing a "hair-raising flight" between Malaysia and Vietnam, just one week after MH370's disappearance along the same flight path.

His ordeal inspired what he called a fascinating scenario, where a globetrotting female goes up against "dark forces threatening hundreds of lives".

In Maka's author's note, the 45-year-old wrote he attempted to "paint a credible scenario - within the boundaries of publicly-known facts - of what may have happened to the aircraft".

The 127-page story follows the adventure of Jane, a backpacker who finds herself in the midst of deadly international intrigue after sharing a taxi to the airport with two men, who turn out to be Afghan terrorists.

The book's synopsis adds that the ensuing events onboard the darkened plane forces Jane to draw on everything she learns after a confrontation that sparks one of the "greatest mysteries of modern time".

Though Maka dedicated his e-book to "the departed", the English language specialist and former journalist said he did not write it for the families, nor intended them to find out about the book.

"I'm saddened to hear that she's reacted like that, I'm upset that she's upset," he said, adding that he wanted to apologise to Weeks.

Maka also acknowledged that the book's publication came amid controversy sparked by news of studios cashing in on MH370 films.

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