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Malaysia says it may sue over 'false' MH370 media reports

Published on Apr 1, 2014 7:51 PM
Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein gestures as he speaks about the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, during a news conference at The Everly Hotel in Putrajaya on March 29, 2014.  -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - The Malaysian government, which has been under harsh global scrutiny over the handling of its missing-plane drama, said Tuesday it would compile "false" media reports over the crisis and consider filing lawsuits.

Transport and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on his Twitter feed the country's attorney general had been instructed to "compile evidence and advise" on possible legal action.

Earlier in the day Mr Hishammuddin was quoted by the Malay Mail newspaper as saying: "We have been compiling all the false reports since day one. When the time is right, the government should sue them."

The MH370 saga and resulting world attention has put Malaysia's long-ruling government - which muzzles its own pliant mainstream press - in the unaccustomed position of having to answer tough questions from reporters.

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