Missing MH370: We care about families of the passengers, says Hisham

A Chinese family member of a passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 screams as she is being brought into a room outside the media conference area at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur International Airport

SEPANG - Malaysia cares about the emotions that the families of those onboard MH370 are going through, said acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He said the "credible but unconfirmed" news regarding satellite images showing what could be debris of the missing MAS plane floating off the coast of Australia is "uppermost on the minds of the families".

He gave the assurance that they would be the first to be informed of any new developments in the search for the missing plane.

"I will inform them of whatever we find. My sympathies, my heart here, is with them all the time, and it's a very difficult time," he said to a question during the daily press briefing at Sama-Sama Hotel here on Thursday.

He added that for the families around the world, "the one piece of information they want most is information we just don't have - the location of MH370."

He said a French team, which dealt with families of passengers for three years following the Air France flight 447 crash, had also shared information with the Malaysian authorities on how to deal with raw emotions of the affected families.

"I do feel for them (the families), and I say that on record and I say that to the world.

"We do care for them, and we try to understand what they're going through," he added.

He also expressed regret over the commotion involving a Chinese national during the daily press conference on Wednesday.

Hishammuddin said that the Prime Minister's Malaysian envoy to China, as well as the China's ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang, will lead a briefing for the Chinese families in Kuala Lumpur.

MAS chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the next-of-kin would be flown to the location should it be confirmed that the aircraft is located "somewhere close to Australia."