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Flight MH370 relatives refuse to give up search for loved ones

Aid group will meet regularly and demand information from Malaysia

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 May, 2014, 4:13am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 May, 2014, 4:13am

Relatives of the Chinese passengers on board flight MH370 said they were prepared for a long- term battle to find their loved ones, as the final relative who had been staying at the Lido Hotel in Beijing checked out yesterday.

Steps they plan on taking include holding weekly meetings and setting up a website.

"I stayed as long as I can to confront the Malaysian side. They should respond properly to the relatives of MH370 passengers," said Jiang Hui .

Jiang, 41, is an IT engineer from Beijing.

His 70-year-old mother was among 239 passengers and crew on the Kuala Lumpur to Beijing flight that vanished without trace on March 8.

"I'm so disappointed that the Malaysian government and airline did not present their preliminary report to the families. They also never explained why they forced us to leave early," he said.

Earlier, Malaysia Airlines announced that it would close all of its family assistance centres worldwide by Wednesday. However, relatives were asked to leave the Lido by 6pm on May 2 without further explanation.

Jiang decided to stay in the hotel, after all the remaining relatives left by the May 2 deadline. Since then, he and his brother have paid 759 yuan (HK$955) a night for the hotel room.

More than two-thirds of the 154 missing Chinese passengers are from outside Beijing, and their relatives returned to their hometowns from the Lido.

Members of the MH370 relatives council, which now calls itself the relatives' aid group, suspected that the end of their hotel stay was due to a protest by some 100 relatives outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing on April 25, demanding information.

"Asking us to leave the Lido will break up the large group of relatives," said Steve Wang, a spokesman for the group.

"It's not that we want free accommodation and food from the airline. We're afraid that once we leave, there will be less and less information, and that we'll be completely ignored."

To Jiang, the hotel was like a battlefield where the more than 100 families could stand together and fight for the truth. They want their loved ones back, or at least to find out where they are.

"We'll never give up looking for them," he said.

The biggest problem for the relatives was that Malaysia Airlines stopped providing them with updated information and even made mistakes while collecting missing passengers' information, Jiang said.

The relatives' aid group has just released a statement with families in the United States, Malaysia, India and New Zealand to ask the Malaysian government to provide them with raw data.

"Above all, we still demand the release of the raw data," Wang said. "Experts from around the world may help us find our loved ones based on the data."

The relatives' aid group will shortly set up a website to gather all the information that might help to locate the missing plane. They also plan to find a venue in Beijing for their weekly or monthly meetings to brief relatives and continue communications with Malaysia.

Jiang said that he was tired of hotel food after staying in the Lido for two months and was looking forward to spending more time with his three-year-old daughter.

"At first I had to lie to her when she asked where her granny was," he said. "Now she asks less. I fear that she won't remember my mother at all."

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jil.lkjulolu.7
Beaker - Somalia,NK,Iran and /or Ogaden is correct.The surprise anouncement "we hold the 239 at undisclosed location" will come at the latest ,but not before this scenario sets in: A nuclear attack was launched on Western countries(incl. Israel USA).The retaliation is expected.
That night on 8 MAR 2014 warplanes have been used,shots and/or missiles fired (oil rig observer) Dozens of Earwitnesses have heard the loud intercept/escort warplanes.It is an inside job from Malaysia.The B777 was rigged for R/C Control.We have to find out what exactly was the act of war.
Beaker
Reality is, the passengers are still alive. They were flown on MH370 to Somalia and split up into groups of 8-10 people each, divided by estimated value so the Somalis holding them have fair chances of getting paid evenly. The reason the Somalis were chosen is because this is their ONE proven skill, of holding dispersed hostages from pirating ships. Now that revenue stream has dried up, this is their only game in town. Somalis are subcontractors. The masterminds are the trip organizing Pink Hats, the people who planned the art symposium, travel agents who bunched all these 24 artists into one plane despite some of them had better connectors via Chengdu or Dalian to get home. Only 1/3 of the artists were from PEK area. Why were they on this plane? Because artists in China are from families with guanxi and money.
Awww boo hoo hoo, no more free hotel and room service forever. Leeches. They make all Chinese people look bad to the world. How many of these are hired help posing as "relatives"? Ever go to a funeral in Mainland? They hire these professional criers and play crying sounds from speakers on an endless loop. Why are these people in their 30-50's working? How do they ask for unlimited time off from work, not to take care of a sick relative, but to grieve for missing ones forever? Other families of other tragedies grieve and mourn and then try to put their lives back together. These special CHINESE "relatives" want free things forever.
Gazzy43@gmail.com
Agree and disagree. The Somalia 'ruse' is another of the conspiracy theories floating around -eg they are all in Kazakhstan - but I agree about his comment about the professional 'wailers'. They have indeed got Chinese tagged as 'money grubbers' and by comparison to the other 100 or so people on the plane of different nationality they appear 'mercenary. Having said that I should not generalise because there are very probably many Chinese relatives genuinely mourning.
What I found interesting was that the 'mourners physically attacked the Malaysian airline staff in the Beijing hotel whilst the Chinese security people stood by and watched. THAT, would not have happened had it been a Chinese airline staffer.
andreaswagner
Actually the plane is still flying non-stop around the world. Stealth technology makes it invisible, and it's using a special fuel made from bull Sh$T....
 
 
 
 
 

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