Angry Chinese families slam govt

Angry Chinese families slam govt
Relatives of victims from the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane leave after applying for their Chinese passports to be ready for travel to Kuala Lumpur to be closer to the rescue operations.

BEIJING - Anguished relatives of Chinese passengers on the MH370 flight that went missing have taken to venting their frustration at their own government, despite China stepping up efforts to look for the plane.

The first official meeting between the government and the relatives took place yesterday but ended abruptly when the question-and-answer session degenerated into shouting and heckling.

"Don't leave! Answer our questions!" shouted one of the more than 200 relatives gathered in a packed meeting room at the Metropark Lido Hotel.

The Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Boeing 777-200 plane has been missing since it lost communication at 1.20am on Saturday, despite an international air-and-sea search operation involving several countries,

including Singapore. Of the 239 passengers and crew on board the Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight, 153 are Chinese nationals.

Yesterday, four officials from the Foreign and Transport ministries as well as the Civil Aviation Administration of China began the meeting by trying to assure the relatives that their agencies have "dropped everything" to focus on the search.

The meeting soon turned chaotic when the families heckled the officials for being slow in engaging them and not doing enough in the search.

"Where have you been all this while?" one cried. "Tell us what the passengers' chances of survival are!" yelled another.

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