Today marks 100 days since MH370 disappeared with 239 aboard, and in that time Zaharie has been linked to a mystery “other woman” and even accused of using his at home flight simulator to plot a plane crash in an act of domestic terrorism to support controversial Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
But none of this is true, say his family in an exclusive interview, and there are several good reasons why.
“There are two reasons for Arie to still be alive. This is his best friend, this grandson of his,” says Zaharie’s brother in law, Asuad Khan, pointing to a photograph of five-year-old Ahmad Naufal Khan. “He was devoted to the little boy.”
“And this is the other reason,” he says, showing a photograph of Capt Zaharie and his daughter Aishah.
“That’s the reasons he would want to continue living.”
Family photographs show the pilot and his grandson playing with toys, jumping on a trampoline, blowing bubbles and wearing masks.
Mr Khan speaks on behalf of the family. He says his sister Faizah Khanum is not yet ready to speak publicly, especially with no idea of where the plane ended up.
Mrs Khanum has moved out of the home she and Capt Zaharie shared in Shah Alam and she is currently living with their younger son and daughter in their second home in Subang, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur.
“She can’t bear to be there right now because there are too much memories. She said she can’t stay there,” Mr Khan said.
She is coping outwardly.