Father speaks fondly of aviation engineer on board MH370

Father speaks fondly of aviation engineer on board MH370
Selamat Omar, 60, the father of Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat, a 29-year-old aviation engineer who was travelling to Beijing on the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane, to work on aircraft repairs.

SEPANG - His eyes were bloodshot, probably from lack of sleep, but he smiled every now and then as he spoke of his son Khairul Omar, an aviation engineer attached to an Australian company.

"He and I have always been very close, and he always consulted me before making any big decision in his life," Omar Selamat said at the hotel where he and other relatives of the passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 are staying.

"Although he is now married with a son, he will forever remain my little boy."

After finishing school, Khairul wanted to go to an institute in Malacca to study aviation but Omar could not afford the RM160,000 (S$62,000) fee.

Khairul later enrolled in TAFE college in Seremban for a similar course. Soon after he graduated, he got a job during which time he obtained his engineering certificate from the United States.

He did his practical in several aviation companies before working for an Australian company with an office in Subang.

Omar said that Khairul travelled a lot in his work, but "despite his busy schedule, he never neglected his family and was always there for his son (who is now one and a half years old)".

"Khairul is a good son, a great brother to his three siblings and it is no surprise that he is a wonderful father," Omar added.

Asked how he was feeling: Omar said "Although I am slowly getting used to dealing with the situation, my daughter-in-law still cries a lot."

As for speculation that Khairul might be involved in hijacking the plane, Omar said: "All that I ask is for the people to wait for the authorities to complete their investigations ...speculation before any confirmation only hurts the families who are already badly affected."

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