Anger rises among MH370 victims’ families

March 20, 2014 - 3:47:33 am

An image in support of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is seen on the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) building in Kuala Lumpur

 

An image in support of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is seen on the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) building in Kuala Lumpur

 

KUALA LUMPUR: Chinese relatives’ anger over sparse information on the fate of their loved ones on board a missing Malaysian airliner sparked chaotic scenes yesterday at the headquarters of a search operation that has so far turned up few clues.

Malaysia’s transport minister ordered an inquiry after security guards carried out the distraught mother of a passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 from a briefing room where she had protested about a lack of transparency, 12 days after the plane vanished. “They are just saying wait for information. Wait for information. We don’t know how long we have to wait,” cried the woman before being whisked away from a massive media scrum.

Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said he regretted the anguish. “Malaysia is doing everything in its power to find MH370 and hopefully bring some degree of closure for those whose family members are missing,” he said in a statement.

Prospects that a 26-nation operation would lead to quick results appeared to be dwindling, however, as investigators confirmed they were focusing on the remote southern Indian Ocean after failing to find any traces of the jet further north. 

“Our top priority is being given to that area,” Hishammuddin told the news conference, confirming an earlier Reuters report.

No wreckage has been found from Flight MH370, which vanished from air traffic control screens off Malaysia’s east coast at 1.21am local time on March 8 (1721 GMT of March 7), less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur. Reuters

 

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