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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Missing MH370: Families refuse Malaysian media

BEIJING: Families of passengers keeping vigil at Lido Hotel here, who are getting more frustrated with every passing day, made it clear they did not want Malaysian media organisations to cover their viewing of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s press conference.

They sent a representative to deal with the journalists crowding outside the ballroom where the live telecast was being shown yesterday; and only gave permission to a handful of Chinese television stations and foreign news agencies to enter the venue.

The representative collected the namecards of the journalists and announced the names of the organisations given the green light to get in.

“No Malaysia, no,” said another family member with a dismissive wave of his hand.

A Chinese journalist tried her luck as well but the family representative said they did not want coverage from radio stations.

Those who have been denied entry could only continue to wait outside the door, hoping to talk to the family members when the live telecast was over.

A difficult situation: A relative (centre) of a passenger onboard MH370 speaking to the media at the Lido Hotel located in Beijing. - AFP 
A difficult situation: A relative (centre) of a passenger onboard MH370 speaking to the media at the Lido Hotel located in Beijing. - AFP

The new development of the investigation, which indicated that the last communication between the aircraft and the satellite was at 8.11am on March 8, escalated the family members’ frustration.

They interpreted the new finding as contradictory to the information previously announced by Malaysia.

Malaysia Airlines commercial director Dr Hugh Dunleavy said after the live telecast that all future information related to MH370 would be conveyed by the government and authorities.

“Because there is now a criminal investigation, under international law, we are not committed to respond to questions at this time,” he said.

Dr Hugh also told the family members that MAS would let them know about the care-giving arrangements tomorrow.

Wen Wancheng, father of a passenger on the missing MH370, said that he would not leave Beijing until his son was found.

He hoped Malaysia would release more information to the world so that all could join forces to locate the aircraft.

“It is difficult to accept how a big aircraft could just disappear,” said Wen, from Shandong province.

He added that he was satisfied with the arrangements provided by MAS during their stay in Beijing.

He did not agree with some family members who vented their frustrations by scolding the MAS caregivers.

“It is unnecessary. They are also just staff members who are working to make a living,” he said.

Tags / Keywords: Family Community , mh370 , MAS flight , KL , Beijing , missing flight


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