Anxious and worried chinese relatives of those who disappeared on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have sought a time to meet the country’s Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad when he visits China this week.
Mahathir, who became Malaysia’s premier for the second time after a shock election victory in May, will arrive in China on Friday for a five-day visit, including a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang .
Amid a heavy police presence, about a dozen relatives gathered outside the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing where they handed over a letter addressed to the Malaysian government. “We ask that Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir, or other representatives (of the Malaysian government) meet with Chinese relatives of those on board MH370 during the official visit,” the letter read.
The plane disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people — mostly from China — on board, while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Other requests include resuming the search, a monthly meeting with airline and Malaysian officials, as well as for investigators to thoroughly explain the recent investigation report.
A similar letter was also given to the foreign ministry. “We’re holding out hope that on this visit to China, (Mahathir) can quickly resolve the issue with MH370,” said Gu Xiu Fang, whose son and his family were on the plane. “We don’t know anything about the situation. Our lives have stopped at 8 March, 2014,” she said.