War of words over handling of Flight MH370 issue

War of words over handling of Flight MH370 issue
Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin.

Members of Parliament from both sides of the divide engaged in a war of words over the missing Flight MH370, with an Opposition MP accusing the Government's handling of the crisis as "an unprecedented failure".

The issue was sparked when De-­puty Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin was winding up points raised during the Supple­mentary Supply (2013) Bill 2014 debate.

He congratulated various quarters including the MCA for helping the Government in meeting the families of those on board the aircraft.

"The MCA aided those who were both in Malaysia and Beijing but the Opposition refuses to acknowledge their efforts," he said.

He said the incident highlighted the good ties Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak shared with countries such as the United States, China and Australia which were involved in the search mission.

Khalid Samad (PAS-Shah Alam) interjected to say it was odd the Go-­vernment was praising itself when it received help from 26 countries.

"We should be praising the 26 countries instead of ourselves. In this situation, we failed to know precisely where our aircraft is. It is an unprecedented failure," he said, leading to a shouting match between MPs such as Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (BN-Baling) and G. Manivannan (PKR-Kapar).

Earlier, Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Bandar Kuching) said the MH370 crisis caused the country to have a negative image and even celebrities had spoken out against Malaysia.

Khoo Soo Seang (BN-Tebrau) then questioned what the Opposition had done to help while the MCA had been actively involved.

The MPs' arguments died down after Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia urged them not to add to the confusion.

The Bill was passed after a voice vote was taken among the MPs.

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