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Hemananthani Sivanandam
Monday, Jun 9, 2014

Malaysia

MH370: Govt has no issue with whistleblower reward

The Star/ANN | Hemananthani Sivanandam | Monday, Jun 9, 2014

Jacquita (right) questions Maseu’s call for MAS to move on from the MH370 incident.

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia welcomed the move by family members of MH370 to raise money to encourage whistleblowers to come forward with information.

"Hopefully they can share the outcome with us and we can discuss it together, that is our stand," Civil Aviation Department director general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told reporters.

He was responding to a report that the next-of-kin of those on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 would launch a campaign to raise USD5mil (S$6.25mil) to reward anyone with information to solve the mystery of the plane's disappearance exactly three months ago.

MH370 lost contact on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard - about two-thirds of them Chinese.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari said the government would arrange for a meeting between the government and families of the passengers "in due time."

He said the next-of-kin committee, a ministerial sub-committee appointed to handle various issues regarding MH370, acknowledged the request of the family members to meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

"The meeting will be arranged in due time and we look forward to establish a working template in dealing with issues raised by them," Jailani told the press conference.

Jailani, who is head of the the communications, coordination and media committee, said the Government will continue to engage directly with the family members, primarily in Malaysia and China.

He praised the Chinese government's efforts in handling issues related to the next-of-kins.

Jailani said Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Rahim Bakri, who is in charge of asset deployment committee, will lead a team to Canberra, Australia on June 10 to finalise the terms of Malaysia's participation in the search operations.

After that, all four ministerial sub-committees - Asset Deployment, Next of Kin, Technical and Communications, Coordination and Media committee - will head to Beijing, China, to update and discuss with the Chinese government on the future plans with regards to MH370 search operations.

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