Throwback 2014: March

Throwback 2014: March

MARCH 9

It was one of the most shocking, inexplicable incidents in aviation history.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 and no trace of it has been found.

The Boeing 777 was carrying 239 passengers and crew.

It has been nine months since, and like other family members of those on board, Ms Maira Eilzabeth Nari has had to endure a long and desperate wait for news of her missing father Andrew Nari, the chief steward on the flight.

Ms Nari, 18, will be remembered for touching the hearts of thousands on Twitter, where she had shared her personal thoughts.

Hours after MH370 was reported missing, Ms Nari posted on her Twitter handle, @Gorgxous, that she wanted her 49-year-old father back.

She began to receive a wave of support and prayers from well-wishers on Twitter.

After learning that her father was a Liverpool FC fan, the club and its fanbase rallied behind Ms Nari and other families of the missing passengers.

On March 16, she posted: "Daddy, Liverpool is winning the game. Come home, so you can watch the game! You never miss watching the game. It's your very first time. :')."

Liverpool won 3-0 that day.

When we catch up with the teenager, she appears to have come to terms with "not knowing".

She tells The New Paper on Sunday in an e-mail reply: "Right now, after nine months, (whether) they're dead or alive, its okay. We leave it to God now.

"I was shocked that Liverpool actually responded (to) my tweet. They make me feel at home. Twitter is my diary - my public diary. I didn't expect that people would actually retweet and it all became viral. Everything just happened in one click."

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Her tweet had 4,854 retweets as of March 20 and was also shared by Liverpool FC's official Twitter and Facebook accounts.

But not having her father around can sometimes be hard on her family. She sees it as her personal duty to look after her mother and younger brother.

She says: "It's never easy. We take it like he (her father) is off to work, flying."

She reveals that she has been given hope by the dreams she has had of her father. Nevertheless, the fondest memory she cherishes of her father was his birthday on Feb 21.

Her father was always on the phone and had wanted to get a powerbank, but found it expensive. So Ms Nari bought him one.

She adds: "He was smiling the whole day. I still can't forget the look on his face and his reaction when I got him his birthday present for the first time using my own money."

The search for MH370 continues in the remote southern Indian Ocean, where it is believed to have ended up after losing contact while over the South China Sea and going off course.

Geylang more of a worry than Little India

MARCH 26

Geylang's vice activities were thrown into the spotlight during the Committee of Inquiry (COI) into the Little India Riot in December 2013.

In March, Commissioner of Police Ng Joo Hee told the committee that compared to Little India, Geylang posed "a clear and present danger to public order".

"Today, despite the riot in Little India, I worry more for Geylang than about Serangoon Road," Mr Ng told the COI.

In 2013, there were 49 cases of rioting, assault and affray in Geylang, a red-light district, while Little India had 25.

What led to the Little India riot was the "emotional outburst" following the death of an Indian worker. The man was run over by a private bus after he tripped while chasing after it.

"Most worrying about Geylang is that there is an overt hostility and antagonism towards the police," Mr Ng added.

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