‘Govt wel­comes private fund­ing to find plane’

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The gov­ern­ment wel­comes private fund­ing ini­tia­tives by rel­a­tives of those who were on board Malaysia Air­lines Flight MH370 to find the miss­ing air­craft.

Transport Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai yes­ter­day said such ini­tia­tives were wel­come as “ev­ery­body has their own way of help­ing”.

“We will def­i­nitely bring this up with the other gov­ern­ments in­volved, like Australia and China,” he said at a re­mem­brance event for the miss­ing plane or­gan­ised by Voice370 yes­ter­day.

On whether Pu­tra­jaya would con­trib­ute to the fund, Liow said it would be dis­cussed.

Rel­a­tives of those on board MH370, which went miss­ing almost three years ago, are work­ing to con­tinue the search for the plane through a pri­vately-funded ini­tia­tive. This fol­lows the Jan 17 sus­pen­sion of the search for the miss­ing Boe­ing 777-200ER in the south­ern In­dian Ocean.

“I as­sure you that the gov­ern­ment will al­ways stand with you.

Teams of ex­perts are analysing all data and de­bris to find cred­i­ble new in­for­ma­tion,” Liow said. He said he had “good dia­logues” with the fam­i­lies of those on board MH370, whom he said had come up with sev­eral good pro­pos­als.

Ear­lier this week, Liow had met the fam­i­lies on two oc­ca­sions — in Pu­tra­jaya and Cy­ber­jaya.

K.S. Naren­dran, from In­dia, whose wife Chan­drika Sharma was a pas­sen­ger on MH370, said a pri­vately-funded search was crit­i­cal to find­ing the air­craft, and the gov­ern­ments in­volved must also par­tic­i­pate as they had the re­sources to do so.

Yes­ter­day, the fam­i­lies launched ef­forts to raise at least US$15 mil­lion (RM66.8 mil­lion) to fund a private search. Some 200 peo­ple from var­i­ous coun­tries at­tended the re­mem­brance event.

PIC BY SUPIAN AH­MAD

Rel­a­tives of pas­sen­gers and crew of Flight MH370 re­leas­ing doves dur­ing an event to com­mem­o­rate the third an­niver­sary of the miss­ing plane.

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