It was shocking to read of the AirAsia jet crash last week and the agonising wait family members went through for news of their loved ones who were on board.
But it is in such times of chaos and tragedy that we see the humanitarian side of people and nations.
The Singapore Government responded to the disaster quickly by sending search and rescue teams. Such supportive measures will most certainly help to strengthen ties between the Asean countries.
Other countries and charitable organisations have also offered help. I applaud such humanitarian work which can lift the human spirit.
As the world becomes more volatile, it is imperative that all of us value and cherish our loved ones and build sound relations with our neighbours – both as individuals and as nations.
In the new year, let us resolve to look out for one another, irrespective of race or religion and care for all those who are suffering.
RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO