KUCHING - The family members of passenger Sii Chung Huei, the only Malaysian on board the missing Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501, are still hoping for a miracle.
The Malaysian is said to be from the Sarawak capital.
Although there has been no confirmation, Sii is said to be a Kuching-based forestry supervisor who regularly visited Indonesia for work.
He left for Indonesia about a week ago. He has three children, all of whom are abroad.
He is the husband of a UiTM Sarawak lecturer, who when contacted, asked that her privacy be respected.
However, another family member said they were still harbouring hopes for a miracle and that Sii would return home.
Kuching police have also not released a statement over the matter.
Academics in the state have expressed shock.
His wife is an economics lecturer, who studied at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
In her dissertation submitted to the university, which is available online, she wrote: "I would like to dedicate this piece of work to my husband Sii Chung Huei and my children."
A UiTM Sarawak spokesman said the institute would not release a statement.
"The university rector (Prof Datuk Dr Jamil Hamali) will neither confirm nor deny media queries until he manages to speak to the lecturer himself," the spokesman added.