KUALA LUMPUR: The formation of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) or Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) will only be done after the black box of missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 is found said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.
"The question over the setting up of a RCI or PSC was discussed by the Government.
"We have agreed to form either the RCI or PSC but after the plane's black box if found," he said on Thursday when replying to a question raised by Anthony Loke Siew Fook on the proposal to form the PSC in Dewan Rakyat.
He added that locating the black box was the utmost importance as the Government is aware of the negative foreign media reports against Malaysia and Muslims.
However, several Opposition MPs insisted that the government reconsider forming the PSC even before the black box is found.
Lim Kit Siang (Dap-Gelang Patah) urged Shahidan, who is in charge of Parliament, to review its decision and immediately set up inquiry body without the need to wait for the black box.
"So does it mean that there is no need to set up the RCI or PSC if the black box is not found?"
"We cannot wait and the body must be formed to answer all the questions raised on MH370," he said.
Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan), who is Barisan Nasioanl Backbenchers Club deputy chairman, defended the Government's stance, saying that it would be pointless to debate the issues if the black box was not first found.