PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Eleven days have passed since the disappearance of MH370 and the families of those on board are starting to prepare themselves for the worst, despite still clinging on to hope that their loved ones are safe.
Rosila Abu Samad, stepmother of 29-year-old aviation engineer Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat, said she found some relief in the Prime Minister's announcement two days ago.
"I feel some hope that my son may be safe and that he will return to us soon.
"However, I must be ready to face the worst if I am not meant to see him again," she said when met at The Everly Putrajaya hotel here.
A tearful Rosila said Mohd Khairul was always nice to her, even though she was not his biological mother.
"He is indeed closer to his father, but he accepted me as family the day I married his father. I have always treated him as my own flesh and blood, and as a mother I hope he is safe, wherever he may be now," she added.
Another family member who declined to be named said he would always cling on to hope, but was preparing himself for any bad news.
"Practically speaking, I know their chances of survival are slim, but I cannot just let go when I do not know what has happened.
"It will be a shock if things don't end well, but at least we can have some closure if that is the case," he said quietly before retreating to his hotel room.
A counsellor on duty here said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's speech had left an impact on the families in general as they are now more prepared to accept any news.
"After the announcement, we met with some family members who said they have stronger faith in the search and rescue mission," he said.