MH370: Online squabbles not affecting Sino-Malaysia relations

MH370: Online squabbles not affecting Sino-Malaysia relations
With the furore developing, the no show of Malaysia Airlines representatives on March 25 at the morning press conference sparked a protest at the Malaysia Embassy in Beijing by families of passengers.

Probably for the first time ever, innocent Malaysians experienced the brute force of the Chinese online community, the wrath that can be unleashed via Sina Weibo, following a less than convincing handling by the Malaysian government on the search for MH370.

Things were already getting rowdy online where abuses on Malaysia government and Malaysia Airlines had being echoing through Weibo onto various Chinese mainstream media.

The situation was reaching boiling point anyway, with more than two weeks of forlorn search (before the jet "ended" in Indian Ocean) for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, from the Gulf of Thailand to the Strait of Malacca, then onto the Andaman Islands, and then the "two corridors", and finally leading to the Indian Ocean.

With the Malaysian authorities leading the world to such a rollercoaster ride, the Chinese media could be forgiven for publishing commentaries that were slightly strongly worded.

The English version of Global Times, a paper strongly linked to the Chinese government, published an op-ed commenting Malaysia "has lost authority and credibility" due to its chaotic response.

"The lack of national strength and experience in dealing with incidents has left the Malaysian government helpless and exhausted by denying all kinds of rumours," the article read.

This op-ed piece was also carried by China Daily, the most circulated English paper in China, and some other papers.

And when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on March 24 that MH370 had "ended" in the Indian Ocean, the Chinese exploded.

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