Missing MH370: Father recalls wishing son a nice honeymoon trip in Beijing

Missing MH370: Father recalls wishing son a nice honeymoon trip in Beijing
Zamani Zakaria ,56, (C) whose son was aboard missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 talks to the media at the Everly hotel in Putrajaya on March 12, 2014.

PUTRAJAYA - On the morning of March 7, Zamani Zakaria was chatting with his son Ahmad Razahan over breakfast, wishing him well for his five-day honeymoon trip.


Never did Zamani guess that eight days would pass without a word on the newlyweds.

Ahmad Razahan, 23, and his wife Norli Akmar Hamid, 33, had boarded the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight for their honeymoon in Beijing.

"That was the last breakfast we shared," said Zamani, 56, when met at The Everly Putrajaya hotel yesterday.

Zamani has been staying at the hotel since MAS brought the families of passengers there, and has avoided questions by media until recently.

However, he was un­­happy that the press conference by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak did not provide an answer on the plane's whereabouts.

"I am very disappointed that there is no final word on the situation.

"We do not even know about their fate, and I wonder how my son and daughter-in-law are faring.

"All I can do now is to pray and hope they will return safely," he said.

Asked if he would continue to stay at the hotel, Zamani said he must consider his young son Mohd Fikri, 11, who has not been to school since the news broke.

Mohd Fikri told reporters that his brother had jokingly invited him to come along to Beijing.

"He took me on trips sometimes, and I would sometimes follow, but this time I refused," he said.

Ahmad Razahan's uncle, ex-army officer Zamzuri Zakaria, said he could only hope that his nephew would return to the family soon.

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