KOTA BHARU, March 28 – The people have been urged to not hurl accusations against any parties in connection with the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370. Former deputy prime minister Tun Musa Hitam said the government was doing its best to address the problem and the relevant authorities were investigating the incident. “The people should continue to pray and do the solat hajat,” he told reporters at a programme here Thursday night.
Musa said the tragedy had touched the hearts of the people in the country, regardless of their origins and political beliefs. “I am proud that the people from all background and political beliefs are all united in facing the tragedy,” he added. Flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, left the KL International Airport at 12.41 am on March 8 and disappeared from radar screens about an hour later while over the South China Sea. It was to have landed in Beijing at 6.30 am on the same day.
A multinational search was mounted for the aircraft, first in the South China Sea and then, after it was learned that the plane had veered off course, along two corridors – the northern corridor stretching from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand and the southern corridor, from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean.
Following an unprecedented type of analysis of satellite data, United Kingdom satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat and the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) concluded that Flight MH370 flew along the southern corridor and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak then announced on March 24, seventeen days after the disappearance of Flight MH370 that it “ended in the southern Indian Ocean”.