MH370: Shattering news comes as a thunder-bolt

Image: AMSA

The Prime Minister’s announcement that MH370 must have gone down in the southern Indian Ocean comes as a thunder-bolt – suddenly and shockingly.

Image: AMSA
Image: AMSA

After 16 nerve-wracking days of agonising waiting, this news has had a shattering effect not only on the families and relatives of the 239 on board the missing MH370 but on the entire country as well as on those who have been monitoring this episode world-wide. The faint hope and the remote possibility that the plane may somehow be found is now gone forever.

Our hearts reach out to the kith and kin of those who have lost their loved ones in this terrible tragedy. Words cannot adequately comfort them over their grievous loss. It is a very heavy burden to bear for the rest of their lives.

In all probability the plane and those on board may not be found. Where the plane is speculated to have gone down is an area known to be dangerous with gale-force winds and huge waves making it extremely hazardous to attempt a recovery. But we hope that the wind and wave conditions will change to permit a recovery, which is necessary for closure.

To the bereaved we say:

Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
~Author Unknown

P Ramakrishnan
Aliran executive committee member
25 March 2014

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P Ramakrishnan
P Ramakrishan, the long-serving former president of Aliran, has been granted a respite and now happily serves as an Aliran executive committee member. He has carried the flag for human rights and democracy for Aliran since its inception in 1977, when the term 'human rights' was considered something of a dirty word.

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