Missing MH370: Messages of hope light up billboard

Missing MH370: Messages of hope light up billboard
Amira Fateha, 22, writing a message on the 'Pray For MH370' billboard at the MATTA fair.

KUALA LUMPUR - The words of "hope", "come back" and "home" littered the giant board put up for those aboard the missing MH370 plane at the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair March 2014.

Eight days have passed since the plane vanished but many of those thronging the fair are still holding out hope, penning their thoughts on the board.


Writing in various languages and many styles, each and every one hopes for the safe return of the 239 passengers and crew members.

Nine-year-old Loh Chang Yang scribbled "Xi wang ni men ping an hui lai (Hope for your safe return) while a woman told her son to jot down the words: "We love you. Please come back."

"Waiting to say 'Welcome home!'" wrote one Faizul on the board.

There were also heartfelt messages to Malaysia Airlines (MAS), the national carrier, which has come under intense scrutiny since the incident began on March 8.

"Yes, we are behind you, MAS," said one message.

Employees of the airline also took to the board, writing "To my dearest fellow colleagues of MH370, we pray 4 your safe return" as well as messages for the pilot, Capt Zaharie Ahmad Shah.

Kolej Poly-Tech MARA Bangi student Nor Sahiera Saiful Azuan, 19, said she had never stopped praying for the passengers and crew members of MH370.

"It's been a week and the plane remains missing. With no news on the passengers, I hope for the best, for a miracle," she said when met at the fair.

Educator Ivy Ngai, 30, said as long as the plane was not found, she would never stop hoping.

For 61-year-old businessman, M. Govinddaraju, and his wife, J. Vaani, 53, they had spent the past week catching up on news updates of the missing plane.

"I even wake up at 5am sometimes just to catch up on the latest updates," said Govinddaraju.

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