MH370: Security at Malaysian Embassy in Beijing under control, says Hisham

KUALA LUMPUR - The security situation at the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing is currently under control in the aftermath of protests linked to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

"I have been told that the security situation at our Embassy in Beijing is under control and I have informed our envoy in China about the actions taken in connection to a small minority of those involved. This issue will be addressed by both China and Malaysia," said Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He had said this when asked by media at the daily MH370 press conference held at the Putra World Trade Centre on Wednesday.

On Tuesday morning, angry relatives of Chinese passengers on the Boeing 777 protested outside the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, demanding an explanation from the airline and accusing the Malaysian Government in Kuala Lumpur of "cheating" them.

153 of the passengers on MH370 were Chinese citizens.

On the possibility that bilateral ties could be affected by the crash of MH370, Hishammuddin said that the cooperation between governments, including Malaysia's and China's, had in fact strengthened.

"As you all know, the Prime Minister will still be visiting China in May and President Obama will be visiting next month. The co-operation is going to be an asset in both visits," said Hishammuddin.