Today, 29 planes and 11 ships are scouring a search area of about 217,000 square kilometres 1,700 kilometres north west of Perth in a desperate race against time to retrieve the missing MH370-200 Boeing 777-200 aircraft’s blackbox before its batteries run out.
The CNN report that the aircraft’s black box battery life may be shorter than expected, lasting only 20 to 25 days, as flight MH370’s black box pingers have not been replaced in 2012, is most shocking news.
Monday in two days’ time will be the full month of the tragedy of the missing Malaysian Airlines (MAS) MH370 Boeing 777-200 aircraft which took off from the KLIA on March 8 at 12.41 am for a six-hour flight to Beijing but which disappeared within the first hour with no clue discovered so far as to its whereabouts despite the longest and largest-ever multi-national air-sea-undersea-satellite search.
I call on Malaysians to have a candlelight vigil on Monday midnight which marks the full month of the disappearance of MH 370 in prayer and hope for the 239 passengers and crew on board and in support and solidarity with their loved ones in their anguish and suffering.
Not only in Malaysia and the 13 countries whose nationals were on board of the missing MH370, but all over the world, concerned people will be praying and hoping, however slim the hope, for a miracle about the safety of the 239 passengers and crew.
A candlelight vigil in Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur and in Johor Baru are being planned on Monday midnight.
(Media Conference Statement in Pontian at the planting of 500 mangrove seedlings by the Green Team jointly organised by The Malaysian Dream Initiative and JARING movement in Pontian on Saturday, April 5, 2014)