Missing MH370: Families under increased protection

BANGI, Malaysia - The next of kin of the MH370 passengers who took up the offer by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to travel from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur have been put under increased security protection.

They have been moved from a Cyberjaya hotel to another resort here yesterday but the auxilliary policemen keeping watch at the hotel lobby continue to keep journalists at bay.

Sources in the hotels said the Chinese nationals were forced to move as rooms in the first hotel had been pre-booked earlier for the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix guests.

A photographer from The Star arrived at the Bangi hotel early yesterday morning but was denied entry by auxilliary policemen and hotel security guards.

The photographer was initially told to leave his camera equipment at the door but was later denied entry into the hotel altogether.

A sign erected at the entrance to the hotel reads: "No Media After This Path".

A similar sign was also put up at the pathway to the lifts leading to the guest rooms.

Volunteers from the Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation were still frequently seen strolling around the hotel although they, too, would politely decline questions related to the families.

The volunteers have been appointed to offer emotional support to the Chinese nationals as the latter await news on the search and rescue mission for their missing loved ones.