MH370: 'Help of 26 countries in search appreciated'

MH370: 'Help of 26 countries in search appreciated'

SEPANG, Malaysia - Malaysia is appreciative of the support given by the 26 countries in helping to locate the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said people should realise it was a big feat to get so many countries involved.

"It is a massive operation that would not have happened without Malaysia's part in building relationships with many other countries.

"We are appreciative of the support given by all these countries," he told reporters at the Petronas Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix yesterday.

On the race, Najib said it was a very good event under the circumstances.

"Of course the backdrop is the tragedy of MH370 and this time attendance is about 25 per cent less than last year. It was still a very good race and this year a car with the Petronas logo won the first and second place," he said.

Meanwhile, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he felt the tribute for MH370 was a good gesture from everyone at Formula One.

"They showed their concern and that is a good thing," he said.

Sepang International Circuit chairman Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir said the attendance this year was lower and could possibly be attributed to the MH370 tragedy.

"I think that many just did not feel like cheering for motorsports because of the tragedy," he said, adding that the grandstands were, however, full and many waited until the end of the race.

He said that 92,550 people attended the race over the past three days with 30 per cent of the spectators being foreigners.

Asked whether SIC would renew its contract to host Formula One again once the current contract expires next year, Mokhzani said there was still a year to plan accordingly.

"If the people want Formula One in future then we will host it," he said, adding that many countries were looking for the opportunity to host a F1 race.

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