Missing MH370: 50 family members return to China

Missing MH370: 50 family members return to China

KUALA LUMPUR - All but one of the next of kin of the Chinese passengers aboard flight MH370 have returned home, after being encouraged by their embassy here to do so.

The Chinese Embassy here confirmed that around 50 family members of the victims, who had been staying at the Cyberview Resort here and then the Bangi-Putrajaya Hotel since the crisis began, left the country last week.

"Only one elderly woman has decided to stay on as she has relatives living here," said an embassy official.

He said the Chinese government would update the family members on any developments.

Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation administration officer Raymond Tan, who counselled the next of kin while they were here, said the family members mutually agreed that there was no longer a point in staying in Malaysia now that the search for the Boeing 777-200 had moved to Perth, Australia.

"They also know that they can't do anything waiting here.

"Some had to go back to work and others have to take care of their families. So, they all agreed to return home," he said, adding that with this, Malaysia Airlines had discontinued the services of the Tzu Chi volunteers.

Tan said despite conceding that it was time to go home, the families were still hoping their loved ones were alive.

"They have been approached for compensation but they were not too keen on that," he said.


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