BEIJING: Families of Chinese passengers of MH370 here fumed when informed that a high-level delegation that was supposed to meet them yesterday afternoon would arrive in Beijing over the next 24 to 48 hours instead.
They perceived the team’s absence as another sign that the Malaysian Government is trying to “cover up the truth” and criticised Malaysia for not honouring its promise to be transparent about the incident.
Extending his apologies to some 400 family members gathered at Lido Hotel, deputy chief of mission of the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, T. Bala Chandran, said the group would first meet Chinese authorities immediately upon their arrival before meeting the next-of-kin.
“They will be discussing a plan to move forward on issues concerning the immediate needs of the family members,” he said when chairing the briefing session, also attended by three Malaysia Airlines representatives.
While demanding to know the reason behind the delay of the team’s arrival, the families also wanted to find out if the delegation consisted of representatives who could answer the technical queries they have.
Bala explained that the team would be made up of government officers as well as management staff of Malaysia Airlines.
“The embassy is trying its very best to arrange things for the family members.
“Dynamics on the ground are changing and we are adjusting to the changes.
“This is our earnest undertaking because the embassy wants to work with the family members,” Bala said.
The upset families said the technical working group within the family representatives committee had spent a week preparing for yesterday’s meeting.
Tempers flared and swearwords were hurled at Bala while a few relatives broke down when voicing their needs to have a technical team to answer their questions.
“We have repeatedly requested to communicate with Inmarsat or to have Inmarsat to provide the raw data of the handshake information between MH370 and the satellite, so we could help to examine if its theory is accurate,” said Steve Wang, one of the family members.