Girl pining for missing dad

SHAH ALAM - Despite her tired looking eyes, five-year-old Iman Mohamed Hasnan scuttled about, playing with her mother and kissing her two-month-old brother Muhammad.

Her mother, air stewardess Intan Maizura Othaman, 34, is wife to Hazrin Mohamed Hasnan, an air steward aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Iman, she said, had lately begun crying every night.

"She also likes to hold on to a framed photo of her father and falls asleep with it each night," Intan said at her home yesterday.

The family had just been visited by Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim who handed out duit raya to them.

According to Intan, the little girl had seen the news on TV about the MH17 crash and became more anxious about her father after that.

"I am worried about her and have made an appointment for her to see a child psychologist," said Intan, who is on maternity leave after giving birth to Muhammad.

She said she herself felt anxious at times because there had been no closure for the families of those aboard MH370 which went missing after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 8.

Rohani assured her that the ministry had not forgotten these families, even though it had been busy assisting the families of those killed when MH17 was shot down on July 17.

Meanwhile, 11 families of those on board MH17 have asked Rohani to have her ministry provide them with counselling.

Rohani said a counsellor had been assigned to each family.

"We are open to assigning counsellors to the other families but some are just not ready.

"The ministry has 25 counsellors who are on duty 24 hours a day. 

"They will follow their assigned families closely and be there for them in this time of need and can be contacted if anyone breaks down emotionally," Rohani told reporters in Putrajaya yesterday after accompanying Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah during a meeting with the victims' next of kin.