Ocean Infinity search gives MH370 next-of-kin new hope

 |Jan 11, 2018

PUTRAJAYA: There is a ray of hope for the next-of-kin of those on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to find closure following a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Malaysia and United States-based Ocean Infinity Limited to begin a new search for the jetliner which vanished in 2014.

Shin Kok Chau, husband of MH370 passenger Tan Ser Kuin, attended the signing of the MoU today at the Transport Ministry here.

He remained “very hopeful” that the plane would be found and the mystery surrounding its disappearance would be solved.

He said the incident still haunted him and his family.

Shin thanked the government for not giving up hope on finding the missing jetliner and continuously offering support as well as information to the families.

“I would like to thank Prime Minister Najib Razak, Transport Minister (Datuk Seri) Liow Tiong Lai, and all ministries and agencies involved in the new search for MH370, and for the efforts in the last four years.

“This news came as a relief to me and my family. I hope this team will be able to find something to give us closure,” Shin, 42, told reporters.

Earlier, the Malaysian government and Ocean Infinity, a seabed exploration company, inked a deal to search for the missing MH370. The search, due to start in the middle of this month, will involve the Seabed Constructor vessel which would cover an area of 25,000 sq km within 90 days.

The search was based on “no cure, no fee” which meant that payment would only be made when the debris of the missing jetliner was found and confirmed by a third party.

Another next-of-kin, V P R Nathan, whose wife Anne Daisy was on the aircraft which disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, said it was difficult to come to terms with the aviation tragedy without knowing what had happened to the plane.

“We do not aim for anything but we just want closure and want to know what happened. I thank the Malaysian government for not giving up on us and the MH370, and Ocean Infinity for this initiative to use its technology and own expenses to locate the wreckage. It has been four years to suffer without any clue on this,” he said.

Jacquita Gonzales still hoped that her husband Patrick Gomes, who was the lead steward on the flight, would return home one day. – Bernama