Control Net info on MH370, proposes Malaysian MP

KUALA LUMPUR - Outspoken MP Datuk Bung Mokthar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) has called on the Government to control information on the Internet relating to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 so as not to anger the families who lost their loved ones in the tragedy.

Debating a special motion tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on the matter, he noted that this was a sensitive issue, adding: "We do not want others who may believe speculation on the Internet to wage war on us.

"I would also urge the Government to fly the flag at half-mast as a mark of respect to those who perished in the tragedy," he said.

Simpang Renggam MP Liang Teck Meng, who interjected, asked about the possible threat to Malaysian families in China.

To this, Bung Mokhtar said this was not the time to point fingers and play the blame game.

"All of us would like to help the Government to resolve the issue and in order to do that, we should all unite.

"Though this incident is tragic, we must accept it and learn to acknowledge its silver lining," he said.

He said Malaysia was going through one of its most challenging phases and condemned the action of Datuk Mahfuz Omar (PAS-Pokok Sena) who had referred to the Government as fools.

"Making such wild allegations at this time is inhumane," he said, adding that the nation had never gone through a crisis of this magnitude.

This incident, he said, though tragic, served as a learning experience.

Bung Mokhtar, who was selected to represent lawmakers from Sabah in the debate, expressed gratitude to nations which came to Malaysia's aid in the search and rescue mission to find the aircraft, now believed to have gone down in the southern Indian Ocean.

Earlier, Najib tabled a special motion to express sadness, sorrow and grief over Flight MH370.

The motion also recorded the House's condolences to all the families, friends and acquaintances of the 227 passengers and 12 crew of Flight MH370 that disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8.

"This House expresses its heartfelt thanks to all quarters who extended cooperation and assistance to the search and rescue operation, particularly to the many countries which had provided much assistance.

"What we have to do in the coming weeks and months is to look for the debris, framework and objects linked to MH370 so that we can confirm unequivocally that the flight went down in the southern Indian Ocean," he said.