‘MEM­O­RIES GIVE US STRENGTH’

We will ful­fil hubby’s dreams, says wife of late chief steward

New Straits Times - - News - FAREZZA HANUM RASHID KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

NUR Laila Ngah finds strength in her chil­dren and her late hus­band’s dreams to get on with her life.

She was the wife of Malaysia Air­lines chief steward Wan Swaid Wan Ismail who was on board Malaysia Air­lines flight MH370, which dis­ap­peared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Bei­jing, China, on March 8, 2014, with 239 peo­ple on board.

“For my chil­dren and I, the mem­o­ries of my hus­band are what drives us to carry on with life be­cause those mem­o­ries bind us to­gether and keep us close.

“And of course, we pray to Al­lah for strength when things get tough,” she told the New Straits Times yes­ter­day.

Nur Laila, a housewife, runs a small busi­ness from home to sup­port her three chil­dren, Wan Amirul Haziq, 15, Wan Ae­mer Hafiz, 13, and Wan Af­rina Sofea, 11.

She also re­ceives some cov­er­age from the So­cial Se­cu­rity Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Nur Laila said fam­ily and friends treated her nor­mally as if the tragedy had been for­got­ten, but she bore no ill feel­ings to­wards them.

“It was not their tragedy and they were not di­rectly af­fected. Only my chil­dren and I still feel the loss, es­pe­cially as the third an­niver­sary is clos­ing in on us.”

She said both her boys lived in their school hos­tel and as very few peo­ple knew of their back­ground, they man­aged to go about their life with­out at­tract­ing at­ten­tion.

Nur Laila vowed to re­alise Swaid’s hopes and dreams that he did not have the chance to ful­fil.

“His main goal was to raise our chil­dren to be pi­ous and morally up­right. He also wanted to give the best to the fam­ily,” she said.

In con­junc­tion with the an­niver­sary, the next of kin sup­port group Voice370 will be or­gan­is­ing an event at Pub­lika on Satur­day to re­mem­ber their loved ones.

With the tagline “MH370 is not his­tory, it’s the fu­ture”, the group on its Face­book page said: “While the search for MH370 has been sus­pended, it is our fer­vent plea that the search is re­sumed.

“We be­lieve that the search for MH370 and for an­swers to what led to its dis­ap­pear­ance go be­yond the fam­i­lies’ need for a cred­i­ble ex­pla­na­tion and clo­sure.”

Ac­tiv­i­ties at the event in­clude trib­utes by next-of-kin, a talk on avi­a­tion safety, an art exhibition and mu­si­cal per­for­mances.

On Jan 18, Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the search op­er­a­tion for flight MH370 had been sus­pended.

How­ever, that did not mean that the search was per­ma­nently stopped as Malaysia had a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with south­ern African coastal na­tions to look for de­bris.

On Tues­day, he said two more pieces of de­bris were picked up, bring­ing the to­tal de­bris col­lected to 27 pieces. He said de­tails would be re­leased later.

PIC BY MOHD ASRI SAI­FUD­DIN MAMAT A vis­i­tor look­ing at a mu­ral to com­mem­o­rate Flight MH370 at La­man Seni Seksyen 7, Shah Alam, last month.

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