GIRL PINES FOR MISS­ING FA­THER

Widow of MH370 ste­ward says daugh­ter misses fa­ther, has hard time deal­ing with loss

New Straits Times - - News - FARHANA SYED NOKMAN farhanasyed@nst.com.my

AF­TER three years, Kylie Tan, daugh­ter of flight ste­ward Tan Size Hi­ang, who was on board the miss­ing Malaysia Air­lines Flight MH370, is still grap­pling to come to terms with what had hap­pened to her fa­ther.

Kylie, 8, has been pin­ing for her fa­ther ever since the plane dis­ap­peared on March 8, 2014.

Elaine Chew, 38, said two weeks ago, she wanted to sur­prise Kylie with a dog.

“When I told her that I had a sur­prise wait­ing for her, she said: ‘Is daddy com­ing back?’ I was sur­prised by her re­sponse.”

She said Kylie and Size Hi­ang were close.

“Ev­ery time Size Hi­ang was away for work, he would re­mind me to take care of Kylie and tell us that he missed us so much. But, now, we are the ones who miss him,” she told the New Straits Times.

Chew said her fam­ily was struggling to cope with her hus­band’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

“I’m a man­i­curist, kais pagi makan pagi, kais petang makan petang ( just enough to sur­vive).

“I need to work hard to sup­port my fam­ily,” she said, adding that Size Hi­ang’s ab­sence had left a hole in her life that could never be filled again.

Chew said she was grate­ful to have his fam­ily to sup­port and help her.

“My fam­ily treats us with ex­tra care and helps ease my bur­den,” she said.

Malaysia Air­lines Bhd (MAS) said the search, re­cov­ery and in­ves­ti­ga­tion into MH370 lay with the state.

“There­fore, MAS will be guided by the rel­e­vant de­ci­sions. We, how­ever, re­main hope­ful that in the near fu­ture, new and sig­nif­i­cant in­for­ma­tion will come to light and that the air­craft will be lo­cated,” it said.

MAS, in a re­ply to the

Times, said to date, all next of kin of MH370 pas­sen­gers, who had claimed com­pen­sa­tion, had had their claims set­tled or were in the process of set­tling the claims.

“MAS will not dis­cuss any in­for­ma­tion on com­pen­sa­tion pub­licly, out of re­spect for the fam­ily mem­bers. MAS re­mains com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing a fair and eq­ui­table com­pen­sa­tion.

“We lost a part of our fam­ily and they will for­ever be re­mem­bered. Our pri­or­ity re­mains to safe­guard the wel­fare of their next of kin.

“Our Fam­ily Sup­port Cen­tre con­tin­ues to keep them up­dated on any in­for­ma­tion and sup­port them. Our thoughts and prayers are with those af­fected by the tragedy,” it said.

Malaysia Air­lines Flight MH370 crew mem­ber Tan Size Hi­ang.

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