MH370: Husband was bringing new ring to replace her lost wedding band

MH370: Husband was bringing new ring to replace her lost wedding band
Ms Yang Rong (left), wife of Mr Wang Yongqiang, and Ms Zhang Jing, wife of Mr Zhao Peng. Both men were construction workers with Chip Eng Seng in Singapore and were on the MH370 flight.

BEIJING - The gold ring with a simple flower design was meant to replace the wedding band she had lost. But 27-year-old Yang Rong might never get the chance to wear it.

Her husband Wang Yongqiang, 29, was flying back to Beijing with the ring he bought in Singapore, where he had worked for a year as a construction worker with local property and construction firm Chip Eng Seng.

He boarded Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 with 226 other mostly Chinese passengers and 12 crew members early on March 8, but the plane never reached its destination.

All Ms Yang has now is a picture of the ring, stored in her mobile phone together with other pictures her husband of seven years sent her from Singapore.

The young woman, her hair swept back in a ponytail and her eyes showing the strain of sleepless nights, clutched the phone tightly as she talked to The Sunday Times about her husband.

Mr Wang, the family's sole breadwinner, went to work in Singapore about a year ago to better provide for his wife and young daughter.

Although he worked long hours, he was not upset when she lost her ring last year.

"He told me, how can I buy you new things if you don't lose the old ones," said Ms Yang as she broke down in tears.

About 10 days before his flight, Mr Wang spent about 1,800 yuan (S$360) to buy a new ring, an amount roughly equal to a quarter of his pay.

Since MH370 disappeared more than a month ago, Ms Yang has been holed up in a Beijing hotel with other relatives of the missing passengers, waiting for news.

Her five-year-old daughter is being looked after by her mother back home in Hebei province. With her is her father-in-law, Mr Wang Jiancheng, 55, who also came to Beijing even though he has difficulty walking from an illness.

Ms Yang plans to stay on in Beijing and attend the daily briefings held by Malaysian officials at Metropark Lido Hotel.

"What will I do if I go home? I can see myself falling into a depression just waiting for news there."

She is angry with her husband's former employer, Chip Eng Seng.

"No one has contacted us, not even to show some concern. We're not even asking for compensation but it's like they have washed their hands of the whole matter," she said.

She and the wife of another construction worker, Mr Zhao Peng, who also worked for Chip Eng Seng and was on the same flight, are now considering taking legal action against the firm.

Ms Yang is on the phone daily with her daughter, who always asks when daddy is coming home.

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