Malaysians go online to voice outrage over MH370 search failure
Malaysians took to news portals and social media sites to voice their outrage that the intense search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in an area in the southern Indian Ocean found no sign of the ill-fated aircraft.
Soon after The Malaysian Insider uploaded the news that the Boeing 777 was not in the search area, online users demanded to know the final resting place of flight MH370, which vanished on March 8 en route to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew members on board.
Expressing disappointment with the latest news, a commentator with the user name takadil said: “Wild goose chase all over again. What we want is the truth, will the Malaysian authorities give that to us, we want closure to move on.”
“Now you are telling us … after 2 and half or almost 3 months.. now.. so where did the plane end now? … Jibby would you like to change your statement?” said another commentator called Fungshui1 in reference to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who had announced on March 24 that the Boeing 777-200ER ended its flight in the southern part of the Indian Ocean.
Najib had said this was based on data from British satellite company Inmarsat and the UK’s Air Accidents Investigations Branch.
Commentator tiuniasin expressed concern over the use of taxpayer money to look for the plane.
“So how much of Malaysian taxpayers’ money has been wasted on this wild goose chase?”
Some like EskayLim and kllau1 expressed disbelief that despite the intense search, the plane had yet to be found.
“Cannot be lah. How can an aeroplane of that size just simple disappear into thin air? Altraman! Altraman, please help us locate MH370 to bring closure,” said EskayLim and referring to Japanese fiction superhero Ultraman.
kllau1 said: “A 200-tonne plane just cannot simply disappear without any trace for so long. By now, some debris must have washed ashore somewhere. Where are they?”
The news also caught the attention of Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who took to his Twitter account at @cmlimguaneng to question the search effort.
“Have we being taken 4 a ride,” he asked. “BN must tell d world – Is it all a lie that MH370 was in the Indian ocean off Aust?” he tweeted.
In a statement earlier today, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said the Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle completed its last mission yesterday, and after having scoured more than 850 square kilometres of the ocean floor had found no sign of the missing aircraft.
“The data collected on yesterday’s mission has been analysed. As a result, the JACC can advise that no sign of aircraft debris have been found by the autonomous underwater vehicle since it joined the search effort.
“With that, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has advised that the search in the vicinity of the acoustic detections can now be considered complete and in its professional judgment, the area can now be discounted as the final resting place of MH370.” – May 29, 2014.