MH370 kin to hold remembrance gathering today at Publika

Voice370 spokesman Grace Nathan, whose mother Anne Daisy was among the passengers on the plane which went missing on March 8, 2014, said she hoped for a strong showing of support from the public at the event. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Voice370 spokesman Grace Nathan, whose mother Anne Daisy was among the passengers on the plane which went missing on March 8, 2014, said she hoped for a strong showing of support from the public at the event. — Picture by Choo Choy May

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PETALING JAYA, March 4 — Family members of those aboard MH370 will host their third annual remembrance gathering today.

Voice370 spokesman Grace Nathan, whose mother Anne Daisy was among the passengers on the plane which went missing on March 8, 2014, said she hoped for a strong showing of support from the public at the event.

The gathering will be held at The Square at Publika off Jalan Duta from 2pm.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai is expected to be present at the event, which will be attended by several Malaysian and foreign next of kin.

“It is hoped the public comes out in force in a show of solidarity with those of us who had loved ones on MH370,” Grace said. 

“They have every right to answers on what happened on that fateful night three years ago as it is of the highest public interest.”

Liow is expected to deliver an opening speech, followed by a talk on “Importance of Aviation Safety” by National Air Disaster Foundation executive director Gail A. Dunham.

Also present will be Prof Charitha Pattiaratchi, of the University of Western Australia Coastal Oceanography Department, who will explain how Ocean Drift Modelling Techniques were employed in efforts to locate MH370.

Consultant clinical psychologist  Paul Jambunathan, of Beacon International Specialist Centre, will speak on the importance of closure for those dealing with traumatic events.

The speeches will be interposed by verbal tributes and performances by the next of kin and guest performers.

A private step-by-step initiative to continue the search for MH370 by private individuals will be launched at the closing of the remembrance event, which will also feature an exhibition put together by the next of kin.

Today’s event

2pm
Introduction and start of event
2.10pm 
Opening address by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai
2.20pm
Tribute by next of kin Danica Weeks, Amanda Lawton and K.S. Narendran
2.40pm
“Importance of Aviation Safety” by National Air Disaster Foundation executive director Gail A. Dunham
2.50pm
“Search On” song performed by Patrick Leong
3pm
Tribute by next of kin Ghyslain Wattrelos, Grace Nathan and Jacquita Gonzales
3.10pm
“Utilisation of Ocean Drift Modelling Techniques to locate MH370” by University of Western Australia Coastal Oceanography Dept’s Prof Charitha Pattiaratchi
3.30pm 
“Tribute to Loved Ones” song and gesture by all next of kin 
3.40pm
“Importance of Closure” by Consultant Clinical Psychologist Beacon International Specialist Centre’s Paul Jambunathan 
4pm
Dance performance by Zoe J
4.10pm
Tribute by Chinese next of kin
4.20pm
Launch of crowdfunding campaign to continue MH370 search
4.40pm 
Public exhibition

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