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Chinese families of MH370 passengers pledge no forgiveness

Published on Mar 31, 2014 2:24 PM
 

A group of family members of Chinese passengers on board MH370 on Monday said they would not forgive those who caused delay in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

"The Chinese people are kind and friendly. But we can tell right from wrong," said Mr Jiang Hui, the spokesman for a group of some 30 family members from China who arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday morning to press for an apology from the Malaysian government. They also demanded meetings with relevant parties such as Boeing, Rolls-Royce and Inmarsat.

"We do not forgive sinners who hurt our families, cover the truths, and cause delay to the search and rescue operation," Mr Jiang said, after the group attended a prayer service at the Buddha's Light International Association - Malaysia Chapter - in Petaling Jaya.

His message was terse, but his tone measured.

Chinese relatives of passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 leave their hotel in Subang for prayers at a Buddhist temple March 31, 2014. A group of family members of Chinese passengers on board MH370 on Monday said they would not forgive those who caused delay in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

The group also bowed in front of dozens of press cameras as they thanked the media for conveying their messages, and the volunteers who took care of their daily needs.

The group had said they would stay in Malaysia until their demands are met.

"We also want to thank the Chinese government and all other nations who took part in the search. Please take care of your own safety," Mr Jiang added.

Chinese resentment against the Malaysian government has grown since MH370 vanished on March 8. Angry family members have accused the Malaysian government of a cover-up, calling the officials "murderers" and demanding the "unconditional return" of their loved ones.

Chinese state media on Monday called for "rationality".

"We should not let anger prevail over facts and rationality," said a commentary in the China Daily newspaper.

"We need to comply with the fundamental norms of a civilised society and need to show the demeanour of a great power."

Stressing that finding the aircraft and analysing technical data would take time, it asked: "Why cannot we be patient and just wait until they find the wreckage and get the evidence?"

cpohkwan@sph.com.sg

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