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MH370: Painful Father's Day

For 5-year-old Iman Hasnan and her baby brother Mohamad, there will be no Father's Day celebrations this year. 100 days ago, their father, MH370 flight attendant Hazrin Hasnan left for work and till now has not come back.

KUALA LUMPUR: June 15 marks the 100th day Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has gone missing.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Malaysian government reaffirmed its commitment to locate the missing plane.

Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein vowed that the government will continue its search efforts and will not rest until MH370 is found.

Mr Hishammuddin also thanked the US, Australia, China, as well as Malaysia's ASEAN neighbours for their help in the search operation.

Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur.

Authorities believe MH370 was diverted off its course to Beijing before crashing into the Southern Indian Ocean.

239 passengers and crew were on board.

Malaysian family members of MH370 passengers held a small gathering in the state of Selangor to mark 100 days of the plane's disappearance.

For 5-year-old Iman Hasnan and her baby brother Mohamad, there will be no Father's Day celebrations this year.

100 days ago, their father, flight attendant Hazrin Hasnan left for work and till now has not come back.

Hazrin was on board Flight MH370.

Intan Maizura Othman, wife of Hazrin Hasnan, said: "Every day she asks, 'where is papa?' I say, 'he is with god'."

But like many other families, Intan harbours a spark of hope that her husband is still alive, and that one day, he will finally get to meet his son.

Mohamad was born more than two months after his father disappeared.

"He was so happy to know he was having a son...I was sad he wasn't in the delivery room with me," Intan said.

"On the day before he departed for Beijing, he did speak to my sister. He said he didn't know if this time he could send me to hospital (for delivery)."

"It's gonna be a tough journey for us, for me. I'll try my best... I'll try my best to...coping with all the tasks I have to do, and all alone," she added.

An air stewardess herself, Intan and other MH370 family members have had to endure 100 days of fruitless search for their loved ones.

But in a statement on Sunday, Mr Hishammuddin defended his government's efforts.

And as a father himself, he pledged to do whatever he can to bring closure to the families and children of all those onboard Flight MH370. 

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