Like most Malaysians and the friends & families of MH370 passengers, I am glued to TV everyday at 1.30pm and 5.30pm for live Press Conference on the investigation updates of MH370. I have stopped reading FB threads, whatsapp, blackberry messengers and internet "findings" on the MH370 for a week now. If I can get daily updates from credible sources who directly involved in the investigation and who truly care about this issue, why bother reading others?
I am saddened by the mysterious disappearance of MH370 but I am very irritated, angry and MAD by irresponsible individuals who created unfounded news and circulated them on the internet, whatsapp and blackberry messengers. Some even made fun of it by saying it was an alien abduction with images from Alien movies. There was also circulated news that links the event to religious matters, citing it as God's punishment. I read one of the circulated news from blackberry that said "This event was predicted by Pastor this and that". Some even said "It's the sign that the end of the world is coming, God's promise is being fulfilled'.
While I am MAD with the irresponsible people who created those articles, I am equally furious with those who circulated them. Don't they think whether or not the articles bear truth? Don't they investigate first? Are they that naive (or STUPID)? Don't they even think for a second about the feelings of friends and relatives of the passengers in MH370 before circulating them? Are they really that blind and ignorant? Are they really that heartless?
Not a day that I don't pray for the safety of those on board MH370. Not a day that I don't ask Allah to give strengths to their families and friends. Not a day that I don't ask Allah to give guidance to the Search and Rescue team to find the MH370. And to know that there are still people out there who make jokes, spread Photoshop-ed images of MH370 findings and circulate unfounded news really makes me sick.
Fortunately I am comforted by the genuine supports given by 25 countries to find the aircraft. My heart warmed when Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, the Malaysia Defense Minister, said that he was willing to share sensitive military data that might compromise the country's security, as long as we can find the aircraft. He trusts the 25 countries for not misusing the shared sensitive data in the future. Other countries also share their military radar data to locate the aircraft. Those 25 countries has been helping each other, giving whatever resources they have (manpower, money, information, tools, etc) to locate the aircraft.
I am also overwhelmed by the prayers and supports given from people all over the world regardless of race, skin color, religion, social status and nationality. It shows that there are a lot of people who care about the total strangers who were on board of MH370. After all we are one big family occupying the same mother earth.
Please keep on praying for the safe return of MH370.