Relatives of MH370 Chinese passengers protest

2015-02-19 16:18
Relatives of Chinese passengers from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 gather outside Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's office in Putrajaya. (Manan Vatsyayana, AFP)

Relatives of Chinese passengers from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 gather outside Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's office in Putrajaya. (Manan Vatsyayana, AFP)

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Kuala Lumpur - Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Thursday protested outside a building where Prime Minister Najib Razak was attending a Chinese New Year's party in Kuala Lumpur.

The group of about 21 relatives was stopped by the police from entering the building where Najib and top Malaysian-Chinese officials were celebrating the start of the year of the goat.

The relatives called on the Malaysian government to retract its declaration that the aircraft was lost and all those aboard were officially dead.

The group stood outside the building, some were crying and some fainted. They carried banners with the Chinese characters for "peace, justice and hope". Police allowed them to join the party after Najib and other officials left.

Late Wednesday, the group gathered outside the prime minister's office in the federal government centre of Putrajaya, but Najib was not around and an aide received the Chinese calligraphy scrolls they wanted to give to the Malaysian leader.

The relatives arrived in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month to seek answers about the disappearance of the aircraft. They were able to meet with the chief of Malaysia Airlines.

Last month, Malaysia declared the disappearance of MH370 to be an accident and said all 239 people aboard are presumed dead, saying that available data indicated the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

Beijing-bound flight MH370 disappeared about an hour after it left Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 8. About two-thirds of those aboard were Chinese nationals.

Read more on:    malaysia airlines  |  najib razak  |  china  |  malaysia  |  mh370

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