MAS pledges S$395,000 for MH17 and MH370 crew members' children's education

MAS pledges S$395,000 for MH17 and MH370 crew members' children's education
Hishammuddin with a mock cheque during the launch of the fund.

PETALING JAYA - Eu Yan Sang and Genting Holdings Sdn Bhd have pledged RM1mil cumulatively to the Flagbearer Education Foundation, a fund to benefit the children of MH17 and MH370 crew members.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein was appointed as the patron of the foundation, his communications team confirmed in a series of posts on Twitter.

"RM500k pledge from Eu Yan Sang & RM500k (S$196,000) from Genting for Flagbearer Education Foundation," read the tweet by @H2Ocomms.

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 with 298 people on board was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17 when it is believed to have been shot down over eastern Ukraine.

There were 15 crew members on the flight.

Flight MH370, which was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, left the KL International Airport at 12.41am on March 8 and disappeared from radar screens about an hour later while over the South China Sea.

On March 24, 17 days after the disappearance of the aircraft, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that flight MH370 had "ended in the southern Indian Ocean."

A multinational search led by Australia for the aircraft has been going on for the last six months.

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