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Wailing mother of Chinese passenger defends Malaysia after press conference ruckus

Published on Mar 23, 2014 11:36 PM
A girl reads some of the messages of hope and support for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 at a mall outside Kuala Lumpur on March 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A mother of a Chinese passenger abroad MH370 denied that Malaysian authorities mistreated her after she stormed into a press conference room demanding to know her son's whereabouts.

Madam Liu Guiqui, the mother of Li Le, told China Central Television (CCTV) in an interview that she could understand the Malaysian authorities' position now.

"I understand that they are busy searching for the plane. So it makes some sense, that they can't pay as much attention to the families," she told CCTV.

When asked about whether the Malaysian government was hiding anything, Madam Liu said she just wanted her son to return.

"It could very well be some kind of military secret. But I don't even want to know. I just want my son to return with all the other passengers on the plane. I don't care about the secrets. I just want my son to return," she said.

Describing an earlier incident when she was seen wailing hysterically while being carried away from the media conference room in Sepang's Sama-Sama Hotel, Madam Liu denied being mistreated.

"That's not true. I was surrounded by reporters. There was a young policeman whom I initially thought was about to grab me.

"At first I didn't understand what was going on. But then someone told me not to panic. They reassured me that they were there to protect me," she said.

When asked why she went to the press conference, Madam Liu said she needed to ask the Malaysian politicians what happened to her son.

"How is it that we have no information? At that stage, the plane had been missing for 12 days. I can't understand why there hasn't been any news.

"There has been no news about my son. None at all. I'm going to go crazy," she said.

When asked why she came to the Malaysian capital instead of staying in Beijing, she said that wanted to be the first to greet her son when he returned.

"My son is such a kind-hearted, good person. In my heart, he is so loyal and so kind. He treats everyone with respect," he said.

Madam Liu said her son has a daughter but they could not tell her what has happened.

"We have a rule that no one in the family is allowed to cry or mention this issue in front of her.

She wouldn't be able to cope with this news about her father. She really loves her father. She cried for him every night," she said.

"My son is definitely going to be alright," she added.