KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 28 – As offers of help and prayers stream in by concerned leaders and members of the public, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Tony Fernandes has spoken for the first time, thanking everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers. According to Bernama, Fernandes said, “Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. We must stay strong.” His words come in the wake of those of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak who has offered to help Indonesia in any way possible despite a national flood disaster of his own back home.
“…we will help to find out what happened to the aircraft,” he said at a press conference after his visit to a flood evacuation centre at Sekolah Menengah Padang Tengku in Kuala Lipis. Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in commenting on the incident said, “Saddened to hear of missing flight QZ8501. My thoughts are with the passengers and their families.” Meanwhile Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai confirmed his ministry was alerted of the missing AirAsia Indonesia plane and said they were monitoring the situation very closely.