KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 – The local media should be proactive in repelling all negative and inaccurate reports by the foreign media regarding the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 missing since March 8, said Malay Consultative Council (MPM) secretary-general, Datuk Dr Hasan Mad. He said the move was essential to protect the country’s image and to disseminate authentic and accurate information relating to the tragedy. “In addition to balancing the inaccurate reporting by the foreign media, the local media also need to convey the message for Malaysians to unite and support the country’s leadership during this difficult time,” he told reporters at Wisma Bernama, here, Friday.
Hasan said Malaysians should not just allow outside parties to give moral support to our leaders, while Malaysians acted otherwise. “We should feel ashamed if we don’t stand together during this challenging time,” he said. Flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, left the KL International Airport at 12.41am 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 6.30am 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 the Boeing 777-200 aircraft, that Flight MH370 “ended in the southern Indian Ocean”. The search continues.