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Breaking News - The official underwater search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been suspended, just shy of 3 years since the plane with 239 souls onboard disappeared. Despite the intense and vast search for answers, little is known about what really happened on 08 March 2014, while theories have developed based on small pieces of the plane which washed ashore last year, as well as data received by satellites and radars, no concrete evidence stands.

On a personal note, my heart goes out to the families who have spent the last 3 years begging for answers, begging for closure. My heart also goes out to those who have passionately searched for MH370, whether in the office or in the field. I have followed this case closely, and am deeply saddened to see the official search come to an end, but we will not rest. Independent research and private searches will continue, more debris will wash ashore and eventually, we will pinpoint her final resting place, and finally uncover what really happened. We will never forget, and we will never stop looking for the truth. Godspeed MH370.

Today, we remember the 239 souls who were aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370, which disappeared into the Indian Ocean 2 years ago. We still do not know how or why she went down, and we still search desperately for those answers, but our main focus is on the families who are still struggling with this tragedy. There is no good news to ease your pain, but take comfort in knowing that the world stands with you, we have not forgotten, and we have not stopped caring. God speed MH370.

“At times like this, shoulders to lean on, arms around one another, hands to hold to are all that we need. Everything else can wait.

We should be reminded to appreciate the people around us, our parents, family members, friends and foes, colleagues, neighbours and even the makcik who sells kuih by the roadside from whom we always get our evening pisang goreng. Acknowledge their existence, a simple salam or hello, show them that we care, give them a helping hand, a kind act, we might be the sunshine that they need for that particular day.

Caring about others, showing compassion and leaving an impact on people bring happiness to both the giver and receiver." 

- How Grief Brings Us Together by Dyana Sofya

One year on and we hold them dearly to our hearts. May we find the strength as we grieve for our fellow Malaysians. Al-Fatihah.

A family of four arrived at this sight around the same time as I did. The eldest daughter started crying and buried herself in her mother’s arms. 

A young male security guard read the cards and letters and looked at the flowers with tears in his eyes. His older colleague put her arm around him. 

A guy wearing a t-shirt with ‘Bitch don’t kill my fissa’ on his back looked at me with eyes filled with tears. We didn’t speak but I think I understood exactly how he felt at that moment.

I’m just so very glad I got off the train at Schiphol Airport and left a small bouquet of white roses at the flower memorial.

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One year ago today, 17 July 2014, Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over east Ukraine. All 283 passengers and 15 crew died. The crew were all Malaysian and about two-thirds (68%) of the passengers were Dutch citizens, while many of the other passengers were Australians and Malaysians. May they all rest in peace.

Hari Berkabung (National Mourning Day for MH17’s Victims) - 22nd August 2014

My Merdeka Wish

By Ruzaimi Ramli

Let’s take a step back, and let us reflect on what happened to Malaysia in the last few months. We had been tested with two tragedies that, I hate to admit this, unite us.

We acted, we talked, we wept, we cried, we stood strong as a unit. As Malaysians.

As a nation we should be united all the time, not only when we are hit by tragedies.

That is my wish for this years’s Merdeka. A wish that most of us would share without any hesitations, like how we shared our sadness yesterday.

I pray that one day, all of us will share success and happiness together too.

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Another heart warming short film celebrating Malaysia’s upcoming 57th Independence Day. Especially touching coming from Malaysia Airlines that has experienced a couple of very big losses this year.

Watch on yahoonews.tumblr.com

A Dutch relative of a victim of downed flight MH17 has traveled to the crash site in eastern Ukraine to search for the remains of his missing cousin, Dutch television reported Sunday. National public broadcaster NOS showed Robby Oehlers as he searched the burnt remains that still litter the site where the Malaysia Airlines flight crashed on July 17, killing all 298 on board.

Read more here.