MH370: Tragedy has brought Malaysians together, says Hisham

Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

KUALA LUMPUR - The loss of the missing jetliner MH370 has presented a silver lining despite the tragedy and anguish suffered by the nation.

Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the tragedy did bring about some "blessings" with regard to forging unity among Malaysians.

"Unity is crucial irrespective of rank and status. No matter what is said in the foreign press, we must stand together as Malaysians," he said in Parliament yesterday.

Hishammuddin said the nation had recently been divided due to differences but this tragedy brought all Malaysians together.

Earlier during the debate on the special motion, Limbang MP Hasbi Habibollah called for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to be formed to investigate the MH370 incident.

"By doing so, we will be able to carry out more detailed investigations, in turn redeeming and upholding the image of the nation globally.

"Earlier today, CNN reported that Malaysia is incompetent in the search mission, but I disagree as we have done everything we could," he said.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, who is Segamat MP, said the incident served as a lesson for the international community to be further aware of the shortcomings of technology.

"No matter how advanced the technology is, we must understand that incidents like this can occur at any point of time and we need to find ways to curb it," he said.

DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang, who is Gelang Patah MP, said: "We cannot allow for closure without closure. Relatives of those on the plane need more convincing answers."