People unite on social media as hunt for MH370 continues

national March 29, 2014 00:00

By Kornchanok Raksaseri

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's address at a press conference on Monday saying "Flight MH370 has ended in the southern Indian Ocean" created some serious ripples in social media after the ill-fated flight went missing on March 8.

His team also tweeted the message via @NajibRazak and news spread quickly through conventional and social media. On LINE, people shared an image of the SMS that Malaysia Airlines had earlier sent to the relatives of those on the missing flight. 
After the initial shock and sadness, many were angered by the way the Malaysian authorities and the airline have been dealing with this incident. Yet, beyond that came the realisation that the mystery of the missing jet is certainly not solved. As the hunt for it continues, people keep hanging on to every little shred of hope. 
Though @NajibRazak tweets had been deleted as of yesterday, the #MH370 and #PrayForMH370 hashtags were still active and here are some of the messages posted under them:
@__nyot: I hope they’re in a life raft somewhere. It has been two weeks but miracles do happen. God bless them, always. #PrayForMH370 #RememberingMH370
@BaoziD_OLulu: #PrayForMH370 #PrayForMH370 #PrayForMH370 #PrayForMH370 #PrayForMH370 #PrayForMH370 #PrayForMH370 ~ Let us continue praying for them ...
@wanmajidah: Keep praying, anything could happen, nothing is impossible. #PrayForMH370
@__Persxn: #PrayForMH370 Never Forget We Care :’)
On Thursday @mykamarul tweeted: UMNO Tower lit up 2nite in Chinese: Our condolences 2victims of #PrayForMH370
@IrvineF1: The #F1 grid will hold a minutes’ silence on Sunday before the race in remembrance of the MH370 victims.
@staronline: We are all hurting together @JuneHLWong
@SlashMalaysia Goodnight #MH370  (The link showed the front pages of different newspapers remembering those on board MH370.)
@staronline: Tears flow: In memory of #MH370 #PrayForMH370 @faiqazim: Youngest passenger of the flight MH370, Mohen Wang. My heart breaks into a million pieces #PrayForMH370 (The link shows a photo of a cute, chubby baby.) 
@in_alaska: ‘Where’d you go, I miss you so, seems like it’s been forever, since u’ve been gone, pls come back home’ #prayformh370.
@WSJAsia: #MH370’s black box has 10 days left before the battery runs out.
Nation Multimedia Group’s @noppatjak and @SuperGae_Kcl, who have been closely following all developments, regularly share points they find useful and interesting. 
For instance, @Noppatjak shared Flight 370: How Pings Revealed the Flight’s Path #TheShortAnswer w/Jason Bellini via YouTube.
@SuperGae_Kcl shared Hamrick Degennaro’s clip entitled “MH370: Thailand satellite picks up images of possible debris”, and World Breaking News’ clip titled “Flight MH370 Search Shifted After Credible Lead- 28 Mar 2014” on 
NOTE: Since the Thailand Book Fair 2014 has already kicked off, many publishers and writers have been using different channels to promote their books. 
Thanachart Siripatrachai, the author of “New York 1st Time”, seems to have gone one step ahead by launching the video clip “Bkk 1st Time” on YouTube, in which an American expat, who worked in Bangkok as a teacher, recounts his first experience with Thai swear words. Apparently, he became the subject of some serious swearing when he cut a taxi queue. Some people found the clip funny, while some have complained that it puts Thais in a bad light. Though at this point it is difficult to tell how popular the book will be, Thanachart’s video clip has already won some 1.7 million views in a week. It can be found at

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