KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 Malaysian security
carried out the wailing mother of a Chinese passenger on the
missing jetliner from a media briefing room on Wednesday where
she had been protesting over a lack of information, 12 days
after the plane vanished.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared from
air traffic control screens off Malaysia's east coast early on
March 8, less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur
bound for Beijing.
Several relatives of passengers unfurled a banner and began
shouting to assembled reporters before they were led away
surrounded by security guards, with one woman wailing in grief.
"They are just saying wait for information. Wait for
information. We don't know how long we have to wait," said the
woman, who said her son had been on Flight MH370.
"Why won't they give us an explanation? My son. It's been 12
days. I have been here 10 days ... every time we ask a question
they don't give us answers," she said.
A second woman wearing sunglasses and a face mask yelled in
"We call on the Malaysian government to give us information
immediately. There is no information, just endless searching,"
"We are not satisfied with the Malaysian government's
conduct. We don't need the Malaysian government to take care of
us. What we need is the truth. We need to know where the plane
is," she said.
Neither woman gave her name.
Around two thirds of the 227 passengers on board the flight
are Chinese and their relatives have vented their anger at the
Malaysian government and airline for what they say has been slow
communication and inefficient search efforts.
Hundreds of family members are still waiting for information
in a Beijing hotel, and some threatened on Tuesday to go on
The search for the missing jet has strained ties between
China and Malaysia. Beijing has repeatedly called on the
Malaysian side to do a better job at looking after the relatives
of the Chinese passengers, and to provide them with updated
Asked about the protest at the daily news conference that
began shortly afterwards, Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin
Hussein said Malaysia was sending another "high-level" team to
Beijing to improve communications with relatives.
"I appeal to everybody that though we understand their
concerns, we are trying our very best. It is heart wrenching,
even for me," he said.
(Reporting by Michael Martina, Tim Hepher; Writing by Stuart
Grudgings; Editing by Nick Macfie)