Doesn’t your heart go out to the devastated family members of the passengers lost on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370? After 18 days of torturous waiting, they were notified by TEXT that their loved ones had died.
Could Malaysia Airlines have been any crueler to the heartbroken families of the passengers on Flight 370 — they informed them that their loved ones were dead by text! When Malaysian Prime Minster Najib Razak took to the airwaves for a breaking news press conference at 10 a.m. ET on March 24, it was just minutes after Malaysia Airlines had informed the distraught families of passengers by text message that “none of those on board survived.”
Malaysia Airlines’ Text Message To Families On Passengers’ Deaths: It’s Cruel
What a cold way for these devastated families to receive the worst news possible. And this was after 18 days of begging and pleading for any scrap of information about the people they love.
The text, which began with the words, “Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets … “, was the understatement of the century. But it was consistent with the insensitivity with which both the Malysian government and Malaysian airlines have treated the families of the 227 missing passengers..
The only scrap of courtesy the families received was that they were informed about the crash conclusion a few minutes before the rest of the world. The passengers’ families feel, with good reason, that they have been ignored and mistreated from the start of the tragedy. And I have to agree.
For 18 days, they have repeated to anyone who would listen that Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian government have barely communicated with them about any and all credible leads in the investigation.
18 days have passed, during which the Malasyian government and military constantly tried to delay and deceive the passengers’ families and cheat the whole world. This shameless behaviour not only fooled and hurt the families of the 154 passengers but also misguided and delayed rescue actions, wasting a large quantity of human resources and materials and losing valuable time for the rescue effort.
If the passengers did lose their lives, Malaysia Airlines, the Malaysian government and military are the real executioners who killed them.
We, the families of those on board, submit our strongest protest against them. We will take every possible means to pursue the unforgivable crimes and responsibility of all three.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Passengers’ Families: ‘Say No To Lying! Announce The Truth!’
You can understand their intense feelings of frustration and grief. About two-thirds of the flight’s passengers were Chinese and most of their relatives have been waiting in agony in Beijing for any bit of news.
Malaysian officials only met with Chinese family members for 30 minutes on Saturday, March 22, and then told the families to send in written questions to follow up, according to the Malaysian news site StarOnline.
No wonder family members chanted at the meeting, “Say no to lying! Announce the truth! Give me back my loved ones!”
Family members stormed a previous press conference in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, begging for answers. “Where are my sons? I need to know where they are,” one woman besieged officials and the press.
All of this is why it is utterly disrespectful to text the passengers’ families with the final news, crushing their hopes. Surely, this horrific news should have been delivered in person with compassion, not sent coldly through a digital device.
And it’s not like the Malaysian government has any answers yet about what really happened aboard Flight 370. So for the families of the passengers, there is no closure, and no doubt weeks or months before they learn more about the fate of those they loved.
HollywoodLifers, do YOU think it was cruel of the Malaysian government to text the news that the plane had crashed to the passengers’ families? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller
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