After the Malaysia Prime Minister stated in a press conference that he “deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those onboard survived,” the families of the missing passengers are beyond devastated and filled with wrath. They marched towards the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing on Tuesday, expressing their frustration with Malaysian authorities.
Family member’s t-shirts read, “Please pray for the passengers of MH370. We pray for their safe return.” Others marched with signs which said, “Malaysian government, tell the truth. We’ve been waiting too long,” A Malaysian official accepted a petition letter from the families. They want more details and answers. Assuming all members on board Flight 370 have been lost is not enough. Search teams have yet to find physical proof that the plane went down.
For compensation, the airline has given family members $5,000 in compensation for each passenger aboard the missing flight. They are prepared to make additional payments. “No amount of compensation or consolation will make up for any loss of life,” Malaysia Airlines Chairman Mohamad Nor Yusof said Tuesday.
But the big upset has nothing to do with money. Families are outraged that Malaysia Airlines chose to inform them by text message that the flight ended in the Indian Ocean. To the airline’s credit, they also met face-to-face and made phone calls.
In defense, the airline’s CEO, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, said Tuesday that text messages were used to ensure the nearly 1,000 family members “heard the tragic news before the world did.”