MH370: China group arrives seeking answers

MH370: China group arrives seeking answers
Looking for answers: The group of relatives and officials arriving at the Holiday Villa in Subang Jaya.

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Holding up banners and chanting their demands, another batch of relatives of Chinese nationals on board Flight MH370 have called on the Malaysian Government to "reveal the truth" and answer their questions.

The group, comprising 29 relatives who flew in from Beijing yesterday morning along with nine Chinese officials, met the press to highlight their stand.

Holding up five banners, two in Chinese and three in English and a China flag, the relatives demanded to be told "the truth" about what happened to their families.

"During the briefings with the so-called high-level group from Malaysia in Beijing, we were not given any answers.

"All our questions were not answered. They kept saying 'we will investigate' and that they would have to check and get back to us with answers.

"That is why we are here now," said a representative of the group who introduced himself as Jiang at a hotel here.

Several times during the 15-minute press conference, the group chanted "we want evidence, we want the truth, we want our relatives back".

Group members were mostly dressed in white T-shirts with the words "Pray for MH370".

The group had made four demands. The first being a request for the Malaysian authorities to release information in a timely manner.

They also demanded that the Government apologise for the conflicting information released during the early stages of the investigation as well as for "the delay in taking action" when MH370 went missing.

Jiang said they also wanted the Malaysian Government and Malaysia Airlines to apologise for the March 24 announcement that the plane had ended in the Indian Ocean "without any concrete evidence".

Jiang then called on all those involved -including Boeing and those leading the search and rescue teams as well as the satellite images companies - to meet them.

The group, he said, would make known their demands in a "lawful way".

Later at the hotel, they were received by Prime Minister's Special Envoy to China Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting and MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.

Also present were 48 volunteers from the MCA crisis relief squad.

Ong said the Mandarin-speaking crisis relief squad would be stationed at the hotel to facilitate communications and assist the families.

"We understand that they are going through a very difficult time now and we are doing all that we can to ensure that their are comfortable."

"We will meet the relatives and the Chinese ambassador to Malaysia to listen to their requests and then decide on the next course of action," he said.

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