|(Flight MH370) Distraught relatives direct anger at Malaysian ‘murderers’
News that the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was lost in the southern Indian Ocean and there were no survivors touched off deep despair among relatives in Malaysia and Beijing. They had endured an agonizing 17-day wait.
The loss-making carrier is operated by the Malaysian government.
(Pictured, grieving Chinese relatives in Beijing at the Metro Park Lido Hotel).
Yesterday, another Malaysia Airlines Airbus 330-300 headed for Seoul, South Korea, made an emergency landing in Hong Kong with 271 people on board. The electrical power generator had failed.
“What can I say? I had the belief that my son would return home safely. But what can be done?'' asked Subramaniam Gurusamy, whose 34-year-old son was on board.
“This is fate. We must accept it,'' he said in Malaysia, his voice choking with emotion.
In Beijing, family members who had gathered in a hotel ballroom were crushed by the announcement. Many sobbed uncontrollably, while others collapsed and were taken away on stretchers.
A group of about 30 Chinese relatives later vented their anger to reporters in Beijing, decrying Malaysian authorities as “murderers.’’
One man threw punches and kicks at assembled media.
One woman left the room shouting "Murderers! Murderers'' and crying uncontrollably as she was held by two other family members, while another swiped at cameramen with her handbag, shouting "Get away!''
Malaysia believes the plane was deliberately diverted by someone on board. But the lack of evidence has fuelled intense speculation, competing theories, and tormented the families of the missing.--AFP