As the search for Flight 370 comes up empty time and time again, the passengers’ families continue to blame and attack the Malaysian government. But in a brutally blunt message on March 30, the Chinese government urged the families to move on and realize that their loved ones are never coming back.
Without any solid evidence indicating what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the families of the 239 passengers are still holding out hope and demanding that the Malaysian government do more to find the plane 23 days after its disappearance. But the Chinese government seems to think that it’s time for everyone to move on — and they haven’t been afraid to say so.
Malaysia Flight Missing: China Believes Families Need To Accept Reality
In a scathing editorial, the state-run newspaper, China Daily, told passengers’ families that it’s time to accept that the worst happened — their loved ones died in a mysterious, tragic plane crash — and begin planning funerals. The harsh message comes because the Flight 370 family members are still protesting that the Malaysian government botched the initial search and didn’t do enough to find the aircraft. On March 30, nearly 30 family members flew to Kuala Lumpur — the capital of Malaysia — to unfurl banners that said, “Hand us the murderer. Tell us the truth. Give us our relatives back.”
Though the Chinese government has also been critical of Malaysia, their state-run newspaper urged the families not to direct “irrational words and behavior” towards officials. “Although the Malaysian government’s handling of the crisis has been quite clumsy, we need to understand that this is perhaps the most bizarre incident in Asia civil aviation history,” the editorial read.
“All the related parties can do is to continue to search for the wreckage, carry on negotiations with the Malaysian side for more information and prepare to make arrangements for funerals,” it continued. “But we should not let anger prevail over facts and rationality.”
Flight 370: Promising Leads Turn Into A Dead End
The overarching message of the editorial is certainly harsh, especially because it comes from a government-run outlet, but it isn’t exactly wrong. While it’s understandable that the families are upset beyond belief and unrelenting in the absence of hard evidence, the fact remains that it has been 23 days since Flight 370 disappeared, and over a week since the Malaysian Prime Minister declared that advanced data analysis concluded that the aircraft crashed in a remote location in the Indian Ocean.
Australian search parties believed they had found extremely promising leads in the form of floating debris off their west coast on March 30, but rescue teams were quickly able to assert that objects did not belong to Flight 370. And while the dead end could allow families to continue to hold out hope, it more so reinforces the sad, likely possibility that the aircraft will never be found.
What do you think? Do the passengers’ family members need to move on, or should they continue to hold out hope and protest against Malaysia?
— Andrew Gruttadaro
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