Relatives of passengers on board missing Flight MH370 continue to wait for any news... with some holding onto slim hopes that the passengers could even still be alive. CCTV News anchor James Chau spoke to a mother in Kuala Lumpur, who’s son was on board the missing plane.
JAMES: Mrs. Liu, thank you for giving us this opportunity to interview you. Tell us what happened on March the 8th?
Liu: My daughter told me that my son Li Le was returning to Beijing, and she asked a driver to take her to pick him up. When they went to the airport and found my son hadn’t arrived. I was confused and called Malaysia Airlines. They said the plane hadn’t taken off. I turned on the television and discovered that the plane had gone missing… then I saw my daughter crying on TV, at the airport. Suddenly (PAUSE) my heart was torn apart. I kept telling my myself my son will be all right... my husband and I kept praying for him.
JAMES: Most of the relatives are waiting in Beijing. So why did you choose to go to Kuala Lumpur?
|CCTV News anchor James Chau|
Liu: Because I wanted to be the first to see my son, and greet him when he returns. And I believe my son would desperately want to see me. My son is very very nice. He is kind-hearted and loves his parents. He treats everyone well, and is liked by all his friends.
JAMES: Does Li Le have children?
Liu: He has a daughter, her name is Li Siyi. She doesn’t know what’s going on. I asked my relatives not to cry in front of my granddaughter. No one should mention anything bad to her... because she won’t be able to understand… and she is very close to her father. Everyday she talked to her father on the phone for hours. What I want most is my son to return safe and sound.
|A mother in Kuala Lumpur, who’s son was on board the missing plane|
JAMES: Did you have to pay for your plane ticket to Kuala Lumpur?
Liu: No, Malaysia Airlines arranged my ticket.
JAMES: What about your food?
Liu: They give us everything, they even go out to get us Chinese food. Stewardesses brought us Chinese food in case we couldn’t get used to Malaysian food. They are very kind to us… this has made things a little easier for us. On Thursday, I heard the news from Australia. Everyone tried to stop me watching TV… When I heard they’d found possible debris, my heart was broken… I was crying for half a day... I had thought my son would be fine...
JAMES: Why did you go to the press conference?
Liu: I wanted to ask the politicians what happened to my son… it was March the 19th, by then the 12th day, and there was still no news about my son, no news about my son.… I was losing my mind...
JAMES: The media has been reporting that the Malaysia police treated you badly, is that true?
Liu: No. I was surrounded by journalists and police. At first I didn’t understand what was going on. I thought they came to arrest me, I began to ask for help and was screaming "What are you doing?" They carried me out of the crowd of journalists, and someone from Malaysia Airlines told me in Chinese that I needn’t worry. My daughter said they were there to protect me, not to arrest me.
JAMES: Many people in China think Malaysian leadership has been a little slack in showing care for the plight of the families? Do you agree?
Liu: I don’t believe that. This happened in Malaysia. They are very concerned, but they are also very busy searching for the plane. It’s impossible to take care of every relative, 24 hours a day.
JAMES: Some people also think Malaysia is involved in a cover-up?
Liu: There maybe some military secret, but I don’t care... I just want my son back. We just want all of them to return.
JAMES: If Li Le could hear you now, what would you tell him?
Liu: Son, mum is waiting for you... you must definitely come back safe and sound...
JAMES: We also hope that he returns home soon...
Liu: Thank you to all the countries who have the heart to look for my son… I should kneel down to show you my appreciation… I thank all the people who are looking for all of our loved ones. My son will come back.. My son will come back...