Malaysia says no official memorial service for MH370 on March 8

A woman leaves a message of support for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 in Kuala Lumpur, on Mar 16, 2014.
A woman leaves a message of support for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 in Kuala Lumpur, on Mar 16, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - There will be no official memorial service for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 this year, said Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai.

"However, we will hold a ceremony in Parliament on Mar 8, during which the (Dewan Rakyat) Speaker will give a short speech in memory of the tragedy," Mr Liow told reporters on Monday (Feb 29).

Responding to a question on whether the search for the plane wreckage will continue if it is not found by June this year, Mr Liow said the decision would have to be made in a tripartite meeting among Malaysia, China and Australia.

Flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, left Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12.41 am on March 8, 2014 and disappeared from radar screens about an hour later while over the South China Sea.

It was due to have arrived in Beijing at 6.30 am on the same day.