“Pray for MH370,” a Malaysian friend wrote on our Whatsapp group chat, on Saturday morning.
I was in Singapore at the time, getting ready to catch the bus back to KL. My husband’s uncle turned on the television and we watched the breaking news on the missing MAS flight.
Since then, TV channels and radio stations have been updating us on the search and rescue mission. There isn’t much new information, reflecting the vast expanse of ocean which the rescue teams are searching. It’ll take time for anything concrete to surface. All we can do is wait and pray.
To make things worse, Twitter and other forms of social media were generating false leads – the false rumour about the plane landing at Nanming being an example – showing the danger of speculation during this stressful time. Click here for the official media statement from Malaysian Airlines.
As I write this from KL, I can testify to the general mood of anxiety and concern, and the heartfelt prayers murmured by everyone I speak to. So many of us are frequent fliers, and what happened to the passengers of MH370 speaks to a subconscious fear within many of us. Ultimately, there is so much beyond our control.
I’m praying for the missing passengers and their families. I can’t begin to imagine the uncertainty and fear faced by everyone involved. Whatever the outcome, I pray that eventually, our hearts will find rest.
Published by Raidah Shah Idil
Raidah Shah Idil is a student counsellor, poet, writer, and creative instructor with a passion for YA (young adult), fantasy, sci-fi and detective fiction. She was born in Singapore and moved to Australia at the age of 12. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (English) and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of New South Wales in 2005.
After working as a marketing copywriter and studying the Islamic Sciences in Amman, Jordan for nearly two years, she returned to Sydney, got married, then moved to Malaysia. While working as a part-time tutor at Axiom Learning, she works as an online counsellor for Seekershub Global. She has completed her Diploma of Counselling through the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors. Her full-time job is raising her baby daughter. Everything else is squeezed in between. Literally. Her writing has been published in The Feminist Wire, SISTERS magazine, Daily Life, Lip Mag and Venture Beat. Raidah’s poetry was recently published in the ‘Armed With Only Our Souls’ online DDFS chapbook by New York poet Caits Meissner. Her debut double-featured novel, “Finding Jamilah and the Story of Yusuf” was published by MyLegacy publications in early 2014.
In her spare time (ha), she reads, listens to audiobooks, goes on walks, and is always on the lookout for tasty noodle soup. She currently lives in a green, leafy suburb in Kuala Lumpur with her husband, three small children and mother-in-law.
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