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Chinese families of passengers on flight MH370 seek answers

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 01:44

March 30 - Relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia airlines jet vent their anger at officials after flying into Kuala Lumpur. Sarah Toms reports.

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Under escort, dozens of angry Chinese relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia airlines jet hold a brief but emotional news conference in Kuala Lumpur. Chanting, "We want truth, we want proof we want our relatives", they unfurled a banner, accusing the Malaysian government of "delays and deception". (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) REPRESENTATIVE OF THE GROUP OF CHINESE FAMILIES, JIANG HUI, SAYING: "The Malaysian side can promptly, comprehensively announce their data, answer our questions. Secondly, we want the Malaysian government to apologise for giving out confusing information in the past week which caused the delay in the search and rescue effort. Thirdly, we want the Malaysia Airlines and Malaysian government to apologise for drawing the conclusion without substantial evidence and with such irresponsibility on the 24th that all aboard died." They've flown here to meet Malaysian officials, piling the pressure on the government over its handling of flight MH370. Many relatives have criticised the authorities for misinformation and secrecy. It's been more than three weeks since flight MH370 and its 239 passengers and crew disappeared without a trace. Most of them were Chinese. The government is now sure the plane crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, thousands of kilometres off the coast of western Australia. But these relatives want proof. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) SPOKESPERSON OF GROUP REPRESENTING FAMILY MEMBERS OF CHINESE PASSENGERS ON MH370, JIANG HUI, SAYING: "I have not heard of any families wanting to head to Australia. Because we, the families, based on our feelings and the actual evidence, without any direct evidence we will not want to head there." "I have not heard of any families wanting to head to Australia. Because we, the families, based on our feelings and the actual evidence, without any direct evidence we will not want to head there." REPORTER ASKING: HOW ARE THE EMOTIONS OF THE FAMILY MEMBERS NOW? "I think everyone is more rational now, more rational." Sadness is etched on their faces but these relatives won't rest until they find out exactly what happened to their loved ones.

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Chinese families of passengers on flight MH370 seek answers

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 01:44