Yet again, tragic has struck South-East Asia. About 5 to 6 weeks ago, Malaysian airline MH370 went missing. Till today, many nations are still at search for the airplane. However last Wednesday in South Korea, a ferry on a routine trip from the port of Incheon to the traditional honeymoon island Jeju, sank. It carried 476 passengers and crew. 339 students and teacher were on a high school outing to Jeju Island. Little that they know, that it was their last school outing.
Till two days ago, April 22 2014, only 174 were rescued. 108 were found dead and 194, still missing. It was a grief to all in South Korea. What sadden me the most was that the passengers on board were mostly students. Young and innocent lives were lost to this tragedy. I believe these students were ambitious and bright and had a whole life to live ahead of them; alas those lives were taken too soon.
Another agonizing fact was that students were sending out texts, such as ‘Don’t worry Dad.’ or ‘I love you, Mum’ while the ferry was sinking. To put myself in their parents or guardians shoes, I would probably have a mental outburst, demanding for an answer, feeling lost, worried and afraid. Afraid of losing my child. It is not a feeling anyone should be put through. But all that could be done is to wait patiently.
We cannot prevent the accident from happening, but right now, what we can do is to pray and hope that the parents are given an answer soon. A little something I learnt from this 2 current incident is not to take life lightly. Live everyday meaningfully and give your love ones the love that they deserve before it is too late.
On the 8th of March, Saturday, a Beijing-bound aircraft disappeared, departing from Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. The aircraft carried 239 people with nationalities all around the world. I heard the news on Sunday afternoon. I was taken aback by the news, it happened too sudden. Questions started flowing through my mind. ‘How did it happen?’ ‘Where was it headed to?’ ‘Who are involved?’
I opened Twitter to find many individuals sending their prayers to the passengers and their families and friends. It certainly has affected many.
In the next few days, Singapore along with many other neighbouring countries sent ships and airplanes to help search for the missing aircraft. I took this topic to relate to my studies in school. It made learning come to life. What I’ve learnt was about Diplomacy during Social Studies. Diplomacy means a strategy for establishing friendly relations with other countries. It allows countries to help each other when in need. And Singapore has demonstrated such acts for sending out help, and to be able to call Singapore my home, it is my honour. This issue has also made me understand that diplomacy is important to every part of the world. Be it if the country is big or small, it needs one another to work closely, to solve problems. My learning perspective has change; it made me want to venture more into other sources, other than textbooks and worksheets.
It was a misfortune such accident happened and I sincerely hope that the aircraft would be found soon and allow the families and friends of those passengers and the crew members be at ease.
Sending out my condolences to the families and friends of those on board on MH370.