MH370 crash: Malaysian MP says not the time to play blame game

KUALA LUMPUR - Calling for a control over information related to Flight MH370, Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin said this is not a time to be "pointing fingers and playing the blame game."

Bung Mokthar urged the government to control information on the Malaysia Airlines plane to avoid families of the 239 passengers and crew getting into a rage.

"This is a sensitive issue and we do not want others who may believe all speculations on the internet to wage war against us.

"I also urge the government to fly the national flag at half mast in respect of those perished in this tragedy," he said to a question from Liang Teck Meng (DAP-Simpang Renggam) who asked about the possibility of Chinese next-of-kin taking retaliatory actions against Malaysians living in China in Parliament on Tuesday.

"This is not the time to be pointing fingers and playing the blame game," Bung Mokhtar said.

"All of us would like to help the government to resolve this issue, and in order to achieve that, we should all unite," he added.

Bung Mokhtar also condemned the actions by some opposition leaders who belittled the government's effort, adding the nation was going through one of its most challenging times.

"Making wild allegations at this point of time is inhumane," said Bung Mokhtar, who spoke on behalf of Sabah lawmakers after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak tabled a special motion to convey the nation's condolences to the families of those aboard MH370.