MH370 search: High-level briefing soon for recently-arrived Chinese kin

MH370 search: High-level briefing soon for recently-arrived Chinese kin

KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian Government will hold a high-level briefing soon for the families who recently arrived in Kuala Lumpur from Beijing.

Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the group of 29 relatives from China arrived in Malaysia Sunday morning to join 11 other relatives who had been in Malaysia for the past three weeks.

The briefing will include international experts - including experts from China - who could not make the briefings in Beijing.

It will also be broadcasted live to other families still in Beijing.

"The briefing will provide an opportunity for the families to hear directly from some of these experts. The experts will be able to explain the research, the data and the methodology that has informed the search operation," he said.

"The search for MH370 continues to be a large, complex, multinational effort involving many countries and international agencies.

"Much of the research that has been used to track MH370 has been provided to the Malaysian investigators by our international partners.

"This research is extremely complicated, involving teams of highly specialised experts, many of whom are based in different countries around the world," " he said during the daily MH370 press conference at PWTC.

Hishamuddin also met Indonesian Special Envoy and Special Advisor to the Foreign Minister Wiwiek Setyawati Firman and her delegation Monday, and they expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the Malaysian Government and the multinational team conducting the search operation.

"The special envoy also stated that Indonesia fully understands the complexity and the magnitude of the challenge ahead, and reaffirms its unshakeable support for Malaysia," said Hishammuddin.

The delegation also said that families of the seven Indonesian passengers on board the flight did not face any problems in receiving information about the missing flight.

Hishammuddin said the Government would continue to engage families who have doubts and Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun would address the families in China.

"It is difficult for all of us. It doesn't just apply to Chinese nationals who lost their loved ones, but also 13 other countries.

"We need to engage and inform the huge population of Chinese that may to listen speculation and make different assumptions," he said.

During the press conference, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said that he was not aware of lawsuits made by families.

"MAS has not been notified about the suits. We have to know what the suits are," he said.

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