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Published: Tuesday April 1, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday April 1, 2014 MYT 9:29:30 AM

MCA president to Opposition: Govt is doing its utmost to locate missing plane

KUALA LUMPUR: The Opposition has been urged to stop politicising the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 immediately.

MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai pointed out that the plane’s disappearance was most tragic, and the Government was doing its utmost to locate it.

“We are all very sad and yet have to face attacks from interested parties,” he added.

Liow said the Government, with the help of many other organisations, was also going all out to help the families whose loved ones were in the flight.

He said MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun had left for Beijing on Sunday to lend emotional support to these families.

Selangor senior executive councillor Datuk Teng Chang Khim had tweeted and poked fun at Chew, saying it was a blessing in disguise for her to lose the Kajang by-election because she was now the special envoy to China.

Chew lost the March 23 polls to PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Liow said Chew was fluent in Mandarin and the Government hoped she would be able to communicate with and help the affected families during this very difficult time.

Chew, who founded the MCA’S crisis relief squad or CRSM, has some training and experience on relief work, he added.

CRSM members were also helping the families who have been waiting for the update on the flight in Sepang.

“We just want to help in whatever way we can,” Liow said.

At a press conference after chairing the MCA presidential council meeting here yesterday, Liow said Chew was part of the delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin to attend to the families of those on board MH370.

To a question, Liow said it was the Cabinet’s decision to include Chew in the delegation, and she was not a special envoy, adding that former MCA president Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, who is the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China, had his own role.

Liow also commended MCA Youth for its signature campaign to defend the nation from baseless allegations over Flight MH370.

He hoped the campaign, which was launched on Sunday, would be extended to other states.

“All Malaysians must stay united and support our Government in resolving this unprecedented incident.

“We must also take care of the feelings of the families of the people on board MH370, be they Malaysians or foreigners, especially the Chinese,” he stressed.

Liow also said the call by some Chinese to boycott Malaysia goods and services was not good for both countries.

Tags / Keywords: Politics, Nation, mca, liow, MAS flight, KL, Beijing, missing flight, MH370

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