SEPANG, (Sept 2) — None of the crew and passengers on board the ill-fated Malaysia Airline (MAS) Flight MH17 were her friend or relative, even people she knew, but everytime the remains of the victims were repatriated from Amsterdam, Lau Ai Lian was there to give them her last respect.
Claiming to be a loyal MAS passenger, Lau, 46, an accountant with a firm in Subang Jaya, applied for leave from her employer to be at the airport to share the grief with relatives of the victims and the airline.
“I don’t know anyone onboard MH17, but I am here to show my support for families of the victims and my beloved national carrier,” she added.
Lau considered her relation with MAS a special one, always choosing to fly with the airline since the first time she was introduced to it at a young age.
Today, she was among the crowd that awaited the arrival of the remains of nine MH17 victims, the third batch to be repatriated so far.
Even the rain did not dampen her from going to the airport and she had to leave early just so to get a good spot outside the perimeter fencing of the Bunga Raya Complex, KL International Airport (KLIA), to be able to watch the ceremony to honour the victims.
“The rain will not stop me from coming, what more today with the arrival of the remains of the two (MH17) pilots, who were the most important individuals in an aircraft,” she said when met by reporters while waiting for the arrival of a commercial aircraft, MH19, carrying the caskets and urns of the remains.
Lau was accompanied by her husband, Jimmy Ang Sayyew, 52.
“We left our house in Subang Jaya at 7 am so that we could be here (the exit for the hearses carrying the remains),” she added.
Lau hoped that Malaysians would continue to support MAS, despite the tragedies that befell MH17 and MH370.
MAS steward Syed Anuar Syed Ibrahim, 48, and wife, Syarifah Noraini Syed Hamid, 48, were also among the crowd.
“I am here to support my husband as an encouragement for him to continue with his carrier,” said Syarifah Noraini, adding that her husband and the MH17 crew, especially in-flight supervisor Mohd Ghafar Abu Bakar, were close friends.—BERNAMA