It has been four years since the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 went missing while en-route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and the victim’s families are still waiting for closure as the wreckage has yet to be found.
S. Puspanathan was one of the passengers on board when the plane disappeared off the radar, and now, his 7-year-old son, P. Varmer still thinks he is at work as the family doesn’t have the heart to reveal the truth.
The 64-year-old grandfather, G. Subramaniam said his grandson has been asking why hasn’t his father returned from work as they had been waiting for a long time.
“My family does not have the heart to tell him the truth. Instead, we made up a story that Puspanathan is away at work. Varmer’s father has been missing since he was 3.”
“Now he’s in Year One, and is still waiting for his father’s return,” the grandfather said.
Even after four years, Puspanathan’s 64-year-old mother, A. Amirtham still isn’t able to accept the fact that her son was in the missing plane. She kept ‘seeing’ her son in the house, which stirred up her emotions and made her depressed. At last, she left the house in Telok Panglima Garang.
“She’s miserable, waiting for Puspanathan’s return. When she’s alone in the house, she is so overcome by sadness that she cannot look or think about airplanes. Now my daughter takes care of her in Gombak,” Subramaniam said.
Needless to say, the incident has taken a toll on their family members, including Subramaniam himself. “I cannot do a lot of things. Wherever I go, my friends would ask me about it. So, how can I forget?” he said.
Various countries such as Australia and China have offered their technologies to help locate the plane but to no avail. The most recent one being a Texas-based company that has signed a ‘no find, no fee’ agreement with our government.
Although the search is going smoothly and there’s 85 per cent chance of finding the missing plane, it was reported that the operation will most likely cease in June.
We sincerely hope the search will be fruitful because it has been four years, and the victims’ families deserve closure, the very least!