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Missing MH370: Kin getting documents in order to make Malaysia trip

Posted: 10 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

BEIJING: Families of affected passengers are in the process of sorting out their travelling documents at Lido Hotel here.

Some of them have expressed their interest to be in Kuala Lumpur to get first-hand information and the MAS command centre here has facilitated the issuance of passports and visas with the relevant agencies.

But not all have the intention of leaving Beijing, where they have gathered since Saturday morning.

A Chinese family member told the media he did not see the point of flying to Kuala Lumpur when the missing aircraft has yet to be located.

"All we can do there is wait as well," the man, who refused to reveal his name, said yesterday.

He was also frustrated that no Chinese officials were on hand at Lido Hotel.

"We wish the government would put pressure on (relevant authorities) to improve the efficiency of search and rescue mission," he said.

Missing MH370: Oil slick not from missing plane

Posted: 10 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

PASIR PUTEH: The sample of oil slick recovered off the coast of Tok Bali, Kelantan, is not oil from the missing MH370 plane, said the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

The agency's eastern region enforcement chief Datuk Nasir Adam said test results showed that it was "bunker" oil from passing ships.

"The oil slick is from bunkering activities and not from an aircraft," said Nasir at the agency's base in Tok Bali yesterday.

The result was confirmed by the Chemistry Department.

On Sunday, the MMEA's search team found a 16km-long "yellowish" oil slick about 20 nautical miles south of the last point of contact of the plane.

Nasir, who led the MMEA's search and rescue operations, said there was still no clue to indicate the location of the missing aircraft.

"Our search sectors today are closer to the coast of Besut and we did not find any clue," he said.

In Kuala Lumpur, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said New Zealand had come forward to offer its maritime surveillance aircraft for search and rescue operations.

He said he had received a fax yesterday from his New Zealand counterpart John Key, offering the use of their P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft.

"Malaysia accepts the offer and the plane will be used immediately to assist in the joint operations," he said after chairing the Bumiputera Economic Council meeting yesterday.

Najib also announced that he had cancelled his three-day trip to Mauritius to join its independence day celebrations.

In Putrajaya, Department of Civil Aviation director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the search and rescue radius for the missing plane would be expanded to 100 nautical miles from the point it disappeared.

"It is in line with intensifying our search for the airplane," he said.

The search would now cover part of the northern Straits of Malacca, over land in peninsular Malaysia as well as the waters between Malaysia and Vietnam.

He said the search was being widened due to the possibility of MH370 making a flight "turn-back".

Meanwhile, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said fishermen operating the 1,788 vessels in the South China Sea had been asked to help in the search for the plane.

He said the fishermen from Kelantan, Terengganu, Perlis, Perak and Penang had been told to report sightings of unusual objects in the sea to the ministry.

Swedish child abuse trial: Brief reunion for Shalwati and sister

Posted: 10 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

STOCKHOLM: It was a tearful reunion for the Malaysian mother on trial in Sweden for hitting her children after she finally met her sister, who is acting as temporary guardian of her children.

Shalwati Nurshal was allowed by court officials to briefly speak with her sister Shalena Hisham Makhzan, although the siblings were not allowed to have physical contact.

Shalena was heard talking about the birthday of Shalwati's eldest child, Aishah, whose 15th birthday is today.

Both Shalwati and her husband Azizul Raheem Awalluddin have not met their children since being detained on Dec 18 last year and only saw the kids testifying in pre-recorded police interviews.

Speaking to reporters during the lunch break, Shalena said she was grateful to be able to speak to her sister even if they were not allowed to hug.

"I needed to come here. It's been a long time," said Shalena, welling up with tears.

"We'll be fine. At least, I could speak to her and my brother-in-law Azizul. I love them so much," she said.

Shalena said she had told her sister that the children were all right and promised that she would continue to take good care of them.

Aishah and her siblings – Ammar, 12, Adam, 11 and Arif, seven – were placed in the custody of their aunt Shalena and her husband Nik Farid Nik Abdullah since they arrived back in Malaysia on Feb 1.

The siblings have since been attending school and living in Kota Baru.

"I'm proud of my sister. Despite being in such conditions, she's been handling it well.

"I know my sister. She's very strong and she knows her rights," said Shalena.

The parents had finished testifying, with Day 10 of the trial moving on to the testimony of various teachers and parents over how the children were alleged to have been abused.

On Feb 10, Shalwati and Azizul were charged with multiple counts of gross violation of a child's integrity by hitting and abusing their children.

The alleged offences took place in the family's home in SpÄnga, a Stockholm suburb, between Sept 15, 2010 and Dec 17, 2013.

The trial continues tomorrow.


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