We are all hurting together

We are all hurting together

Now that it's official that MH370 is gone with all on board, we need to mourn the many lives lost but eventually, we need to move on.

This was supposed to be our year; the year we put our best foot forward and welcome record tourists with bright smiles.

But as we all know, it's been hard to smile the last few weeks and on Monday tears flowed freely.

After 18 agonising days, MH370 was officially declared lost in the remote reaches of the southern Indian Ocean and all on board presumed dead.

Until that dreaded announcement, even though our heads told us it would be impossible for the plane to land somewhere safely, in our hearts, we wanted that bizarre miracle of survival so much.

Sadly, the disclosure that MH370 is officially lost at sea did not provide closure. As long as there is no sign of the plane, there will be people who will refuse to accept there is no more hope.

They want hard evidence - at least a piece of debris that is definitely from the plane - not some conclusion derived from satellite technology that experts used to decide where the plane "ended'.

That is understandable. A close relative thinks the plane could have landed on a remote island and everyone on board could have been locked up.

Then the plane took off again, was put on auto-pilot and the hijacker jumped off with a parachute. The plane finally ditched into the ocean when it ran out of fuel.

Talk about imagination and too much espionage movies. Of course the big question I tossed back was: why would anyone do that?

The same question to so many of the things that are also known and confirmed about MH370: the turn back, the systematic shutdown of the communications systems, the erratic altitudes of the plane, so on and so forth.

But as MAS chairman Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof told a news conference yesterday, "We don't know how, we don't know why, we can only pray for the souls on board."

Hence, the anguished and furious reaction to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's announcement on Monday night from the Chinese families.

That's understandable. The tension, the grief, the hope stretched so tightly over so many agonising days. But what is hard to take is their deep suspicion that the Malaysian Govern­ment is trying to hide the truth. The Beijing Government is also demanding transparency in the investigations.

Yes, two-thirds of the 239 people on board were Chinese citizens but we lost 49 of our own. We are just as anguished and in need of answers too.

Yes, there were missteps, delays and contradictory statements, especially during the early days of the crisis. But once the Government and Malaysia Airlines got themselves sorted out, they did the best they could.

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