BANTING - The saying a dog is a man's best friend, may now be even applicable to a pet fish - at least in the case of Petronas marketing manager Puspanathan Subramaniam, who boarded the MH370.
His father Subramaniam Gurusamy said the pet arowana fish was sluggish and had refused to eat for over five days.
"The fish now only eats if I prop my son's photo next to the aquarium," said Subramaniam, 60, who became a security guard after retiring as a construction worker five years ago.
The fish, however, is not the only one showing signs of misery.
When Puspanathan was leaving for the airport on March 8, his three-year-old son Harish Varman had clung to his legs and begged him not to go.
"My son travels regularly for work and my grandson had never cried and pleaded with his father this way before," a distraught Subramaniam said.
He said his son had also not been too keen to go on the business trip and requested his office to shorten the duration of his stay in China.
"The business trip was supposed to be for two weeks but my son got it shortened to a week as he did not want to be away from his family that long," he said at his house in Telok Panglima Garang near here.
According to Subramaniam, his home was now a listless dungeon, with family members fearing every waking moment and praying there would be no tragic news.
"My wife and I are starting to feel numb inside not knowing what's happened to our son," he said.
Subramaniam and his wife A. Amirtham, 60, also have a 26-year-old daughter named Theanmoli.
Subramaniam said he never imagined he and Amirtham would have to go through such "emotional torture" in their twilight years.