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Campaign by relatives of victims to solve mystery of MH370

Relatives of victims form group to share information, lobby for action

Published on Aug 25, 2014 8:25 AM
A woman scrawls a message on a dedication board for the victims of MAS MH370 and MH17 in Subang Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur. MH370 disappeared on March 8 with 239 people en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR - Chinese physics student Jimmy Wang had no interest in aviation until March 8, when Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370 went missing with his 58-year-old father Wang Lijun on board.

Mr Wang, 31, now spends evenings in central China combing through aviation blogs for Boeing 777 technical specifications, exchanging what he finds with fellow MH370 next of kin.

He is one of hundreds of relatives who - desperate to learn the fate of their loved ones - are channelling their grief in a cross-border, social-media-enabled but so far frustrating citizen campaign to solve aviation's greatest mystery.

The Malaysian and Australian governments are set to sign a memorandum of understanding this week to strengthen their joint search for MH370.

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You get tired, and part of you wants to put it behind and say 'That's where it all ends', and part of you says, 'You can't rest until you figure things out'.

- Mr K.S. Narendran, 50, an Indian business consultant whose wife Chandrika Sharma was on MH370