Dad still holding out hope for missing son

Dad still holding out hope for missing son

PUTRAJAYA - Twenty-one days into the search for the missing MH370 jetliner, Selamat Omar, 60, still harbours hopes that his son who was on the plane is still alive.

"There is no evidence to show the plane is found, so I cannot say my son is dead.

"Neither can I say he is alive," added the father of aviation engineer Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat, who was among the 239 people on the plane that was said to have ended its flight in the Indian Ocean.

"For me, it's 50-50 chance now," the calm-looking Selamat told reporters at the Everly Hotel here yesterday. He said it was not fair to blame the Government, which was doing its best and cooperating with other nations to find the missing jetliner.

"We are depending on other countries for help, so it's unfair to blame our Government. It is not right to say there is a delay because the search operation is not easy, especially in the Indian Ocean, even more now with the bad weather," he said, adding that he could only be patient and leave it all to God.

Selamat, who has stayed at the Everly since news of the missing plane broke out, said he keeps himself occupied by praying, walking around the hotel and making friends.

He said the remaining Malaysian families have been allowed to stay until April 7.

Selamat said he was updated by MAS at least three times a day, either by meeting the national carrier's representatives or via SMS.

"Their communication methods have improved by leaps and bounds, compared to the first day (when the incident happened on March 8)," he said.

Asked on the hostile reaction of the Chinese families in Beijing towards Malaysian officials, Selamat said it was their way of acting out.

"We in Malaysia are different because we are berbudi-bahasa (well mannered).

"It is not right to put too much pressure on the officials. It is not easy to search in the Indian Ocean," he said.

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