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Loshana K. Shagar and Nicholas Cheng
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014

Malaysia, World

Loved ones face a bleak Hari Raya

The Star/ANN | Loshana K. Shagar and Nicholas Cheng | Sunday, Jul 27, 2014

Chief stewardess Dora Shahila Kassim and her daughter, Diyana Yazeera posing in one of the many photos found on Diyana's Facebook and Instagram accounts. Diyana was in no mood to celebrate Hari Raya, judging by her Twitter postings.

PETALING JAYA - They were hoping to celebrate Hari Raya together like many other families but it will be a bleak affair for the loved ones of MH370 and MH17 victims.

For example, Diyana Yazeera, the only child of chief stewardess Dora Shahila Kassim, was in no mood to celebrate Hari Raya, judging by her Twitter postings.

Yesterday, she retweeted a post which read: "I don't feel the spirit for Raya."

"Kan best kalau Raya mummy ada. I'll learn how to accept this eventually but forgetting her will never happen," she wrote two days ago.

The 15-year-old had previously expressed hope that her mother's body could arrive in Malaysia before Hari Raya.

Dora Shahila, 47, was among the cabin crew on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

As for Madzalina Ghazalee, 47, she was devastated that she could never make a long-planned overseas trip with her sister Ariza, who was on the flight with her husband and four children.

On her Facebook page, she posted a photograph of her family and Ariza's during a trip to Hong Kong last year, saying they had wanted to go for another holiday at the end of this year. 

"My sister, you will always be close to my heart. Al-Fatihah," she said on a photograph of her and Ariza in matching blue baju kurung.

Ariza, 46, had been travelling home from Kazakhstan with her husband Tambi Jiee, 48, and their children Muhamad Afif, 19, Muhamad Afzal, 17, Marsha Azmeena, 15, and Muhamad Afruz, 13.

For Md Salim Sarmo, 65, the father of victim Md Ali Md Salim, he would be spending Hari Raya in Amsterdam, having taken up an offer to go there to check on his son's remains.

He said this would be a chance to fulfil his late son's wish to bring the family for a holiday in Amsterdam, where Md Ali had been studying.

"We are not thinking of celebrating Hari Raya at home; what is important is that our son's wish is fulfilled," he was reported as saying.

He is set to go to Amsterdam with his wife Junaidah Basiran, 62, two of their children, Mohd Zaki, 38, and Noryasimah, 23.

As for the families of the Flight MH370 victims, celebrating Hari Raya is the last thing on their mind as the fate of their loved ones still remains unanswered.

Selamat Omar, 60, the father of aviation engineer Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat, said at this time of year, his home in Triang would usually have been lit up with lamps and decorations, with ketupat being prepared in the kitchen.

"This year, we haven't even made one kuih yet. My son is no longer with me, what is the use of celebrating Raya?" he asked.

Nur Laila Ngah, the wife of Flight MH370 cabin crew member Wan Swaid Wan Ismail, said there were no plans for Raya for her and her three young children who were still waiting for closure.

"It's very hard for me and my kids," she said.

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