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Flight MH370

'Be rational and make funeral arrangements', China state media urges families of MH370 passengers

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 March, 2014, 1:34pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 April, 2014, 7:49am
 

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China should treat the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 “rationally”, a commentary in state media said on Monday, after days of lurid accusations by relatives insisting their loved ones could still be alive.

Under the headline “Treat MH370 tragedy rationally”, the commentary in the China Daily newspaper, which is run by the government, said: “It is certain that flight MH370 crashed in the Indian Ocean and no one on board survived.”

“We should not let anger prevail over facts and rationality,” it said. “We need to comply with the fundamental norms of a civilised society and need to show the demeanour of a great power.”

Irrational words and behaviour would “not help matters”, it added, and those involved should “prepare to make arrangements for funerals”.

“Although the Malaysian government’s handling of the crisis has been quite clumsy, we need to understand this is perhaps the most bizarre incident in Asian civil aviation history. It is understandable that as a developing country, the Malaysia government felt completely at a loss.”

It stressed that finding the aircraft and analysing technical data would take time.

We need to understand this is perhaps the most bizarre incident in Asian civil aviation history
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“Why cannot we be patient and just wait until they find the wreckage and get the evidence?” it asked.

“Public opinion should not blame the Malaysian authorities for deliberately covering up information in the absence of hard evidence,” it added.

The author, Mei Xinyu, is a researcher at a commerce ministry institute who is known for his analyses of international trade disputes.

His tone was in stark contrast to that of many relatives of the 153 Chinese on board the flight, who are still clinging to hopes that they could somehow still be alive.

Some have demanded that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak withdraw and apologise for his announcement based on satellite data and other calculations that the plane was lost in the southern Indian Ocean.

“We just have to close our eyes and we see our loved ones there, out there, in pain, desperate for someone to rescue them,” one man said on Sunday at a hotel in Beijing where the relatives have been waiting for news.

“Such a long time has passed, but nevertheless the facts do give us grounds to be sure that our loved ones are still alive and that the plane is out there, somewhere.”

Some have embraced bizarre conspiracy theories involving the plane being hijacked and taken to a secret location and the passengers held hostage.

Scores of Chinese relatives were allowed by authorities in Beijing - who normally keep a tight lid on public dissent - to protest at Malaysia’s embassy last week, shouting that Kuala Lumpur authorities were “murderers”.

A day later, relatives called the Malaysian ambassador to Beijing a “liar” and a “rogue” during a meeting.

In the first days after the plane’s disappearance Chinese officials were critical of the Malaysian response, but have since moderated their tone, although they still talk of there being a “glimmer of hope” and are urging Kuala Lumpur to bring Chinese experts into the investigation.

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peterkee
Rational thinking and civilized behaviour has never been a strong point for the mainland Chinese. While the agony and the despair is totally understandable, it's unfortunate that some in China feel the need to blame Malaysia as whole for the tragedy, just shows a lack of culture and/or sheer ignorance.
polarbear52
2 Canadians were on that plane, but never has anyone from Canada demonstrated to the Malaysian Embassy,and there has been little complaining about the way the Malaysian government has handled this crisis under such conflicting and unusual circumstance. The world naturally at first sympathized with the Chinese families, but as time went on and it became obvious there will be no living survivors,especially if there was a crash at sea, their complaints and criticism were tiresome, especially when there is a massive search underway with several countries with ships and many planes. The families were able to complain in Malaysia on a level I am sure they could not do at home in China if was a plane originating from China. Time for them to go home and grieve and accept their sad loss. I agree with the PRC's comments here. My major complaint is why in this day and age, a plane has the ability to have it's tracking devise turned off; and why people with stolen passports are able to board an international plane?
amunro
I think its time we showed our respect for the relatives of the 30% of the souls on board who were not Chinese. Their quiet dignity and stoicism has been admirable. None of the bizarre accusations made by others have helped to find the plane or passengers (RIP), nor are they likely to.
jenny@asian-emphasis.com
Even the mainland Chinese authorities are now realizing that comments have become out of hand.
nicolas
The fact is, the plane is down somewhere and no survivor will be found...Let face the truth that all the rescue and search mission are being conducted in the high sea instead of dry land...It's impossible that anyone could survived this tragedy...Showing such uncivilized behaviour will not help you in anyway...Let's keep patient and pray for the lost of our loved one in this tragic incident....
lucifer
Really, what about the Canadian evacuation from Lebanon in 2006 at a cost of $94 million for 15,000 people.
This is what happens when you live in country that blocks foreign news and censored domestic news - you end up ignorant and stupid.
polarbear52
The families are now humiliating themselves and their own country .The truth is hard to accept, but blaming everyone else will not bring back their relatives. 2 Canadians on board also...sad, but things happen.
fullcircle
"Even the mainland Chinese authorities are now realizing that comments have become out of hand."
In matters involving public outrage, Beijing has always employed an - rather pragmatic - approach of judiciously letting the public vent its outrage and then get on with business. We don't need to read anything cynical into this approach (unless you just enjoy China-bashing for it's own sake) but it's just an effective way to manage the situation given China's own domestic realities. For the most part, it's been more the commentators who've been huffing and puffing about (how China viewed) the handling of the tragedy in the early days.
daily
Canada's government barely ever takes any actions on international issues..........even if there were 154 Canadians on board.............Canada probably wouldn't do much.
fullcircle
If 154 Canadians were on board that fateful plane (thankfully that was not the case), i'm sure Canada's reaction would not have been as muted as it has been. Let's put aside the high horse.

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