Com­mit­tee of rel­a­tives drafts queries for Malaysia Air­lines

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By HOU LIQIANG and CAO YIN

The com­mit­tee rep­re­sent­ing rel­a­tives of the pas­sen­gers aboard miss­ing Malaysia Air­lines Flight MH370 went into oper­a­tion on Thurs­day and con­sid­ered the ques­tions to be raised to the Malaysian en­voy team that will at­tend Fri­day’s news brief­ing.

As of Thurs­day morn­ing, 113 fam­ily mem­bers have signed their names on a form to join the com­mit­tee.

The com­mit­tee is set up to col­lect ques­tions and ap­peals from the fam­ily mem­bers and work as a plat­form to re­lease news, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment passed to the fam­ily mem­bers to re­view.

A “wish­ing wall” was put up out­side the room in the Metropark Lido Ho­tel in Bei­jing where the news brief­ings are held, and many rel­a­tives have writ­ten their wishes to see their rel­a­tives back soon.

“All 1.3 bil­lion Chi­nese will give you a warm wel­come when you are back,” one of the mes­sages on the wall reads.

A prayer ser­vice ar­ranged by the com­mit­tee will be held ev­ery day from 9:30 to 10 am.

A mem­ber of the com­mit­tee told China Daily af­ter the dis­cus­sion that they will ask why Chi­nese fam­ily mem­bers in Kuala Lumpur were pre­vented from be­ing in­ter­viewed by jour­nal­ists.

“Some rel­a­tives were car­ried away when some jour­nal­ists were in­ter­view­ing them,” he said.

“If the Malaysian govern­ment continues do­ing things like this, we will send more rel­a­tives there to sup­port the oth­ers,” a fe­male rel­a­tive said.

The fam­ily mem­bers will also ques­tion the en­voy team on why the news of the last con­tact with the air­craft was re­leased one week af­ter the plane was found miss­ing, which the rel­a­tives be­lieve has mis­led the search and res­cue.

Hot dis­cus­sions have de­vel­oped on WeChat, a pop­u­lar voice mes­sag­ing tool on smart­phones. By 6 pm on Thurs­day, the big­gest group had 401 mem­bers, in­clud­ing re­porters and rel­a­tives of the people aboard the lost plane.

A group mem­ber named Cliff sug­gested the rel­a­tives in Bei­jing be open to the me­dia, show­ing what com­pen­sa­tion they want to get to the pub­lic out­side the ho­tel. Con­tact the writ­ers at houliqiang@chi­ cn and caoyin@chi­nadaily.


Fam­ily mem­bers of a pas­sen­ger on board miss­ing Malaysia Air­lines Flight MH370 hug each other as they wait for news at a ho­tel in Bei­jing on Thurs­day.

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