New MH370 media centre sought as F1 nears

New MH370 media centre sought as F1 nears
Tight security: A member of the media passing through armed forces and police personnel to enter the media conference room at Sama Sama Hotel, Sepang.

SEPANG, Malaysia - With the Formula 1 weekend approaching, a new venue other than Sama-Sama Hotel is being sought as the MH370 media centre, which is now handling hundreds of Malaysian and international journalists.

Information Department officer Jagjit Singh said the hotel had asked members of the media to look for alternative accommodation as guests coming in for the F1 weekend from March 28 to 30 had booked and paid last year.

"At present, we are looking into all possible venues for a media centre that can accommodate the current number of local and foreign media, which total almost 200 media agencies," he said.

He added that it was important to find a hotel where all the necessary facilities were available.

He said journalists would be informed as soon as a venue was found so there would be enough time for the media, especially broadcasting agencies, to pack and set up their equipment again.

Jagjit admitted it was difficult to find a suitable hotel in Sepang, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya due to the F1 season.

He said hotels in the city centre were also all fully booked because of an oil and gas convention, while those in Subang Jaya were catering to those flocking in for a golf tournament.

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