KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Airlines System Bhd (MAS) and four others have been ordered to file their statement of defence over the suit filed by two children of a missing MH370 passenger against them.
High Court deputy registrar K. Pavani ordered all defendants to file their defence before Dec 15.
Pavani has set Jan 12 for the matter to be heard before a trial judge, said the childrens' lead counsel Datuk Dr Arunan Selvaraj.
Speaking to reporters here after the case was called before Pavani in chambers on Monday, Arunan said they were now in the midst of identifying witnesses.
"We have a lot of witnesses. We got very good leads. We are filtering who will be called as our witnesses," he said.
He said that foreign experts have e-mailed to them offering to help in the case.
Arunan said they want answers to various queries over the missing plane.
"The plane is said to have ended at the Indian Ocean, so what is the conclusion?
"We are interested to know what transpired when the plane went missing on March 8,” he said.
In the suit, the plaintiffs have also named the civil aviation director-general, the immigration director-general, the air force chief and the Government as defendants.
The two boys, aged 13 and 11, had on Oct 31, filed the civil claim through their mother Ng Pearl Ming, 38.
Their father, Jee Jing Hang, 41, was a businessman on board of the Beijing-bound flight.
In the statement of claim, the boys said their father had entered into an agreement with MAS for safe passage to Beijing when he paid the airfare.
They claimed that MAS had breached the agreement when the plane failed to land in Beijing at 6.30am on March 8.
The plaintiffs are seeking for damages over the loss of support and mental anguish suffered by them as a result of the incident.