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MH370: We should have been briefed of preliminary report, say families of missing crew

Posted: 01 May 2014 07:39 AM PDT

PETALING JAYA: Family members of the crew aboard MH370 felt that the authorities should have briefed them on the preliminary report on the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight before it was made public. 

Nurlaila Ngah, the wife of steward Wan Swaid Wan Ismail, 42, said she did not expect anything shocking in the report.

"As family members, we feel that we should have been briefed on it," she said at the Labour Day celebrations organised by MTUC here, which also saw the participation of the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) on Thursday. 

Nurlaila, 40, a former MAS stewardess, also called on the airline to be more sensible towards the family members. 

"When the incident first broke, MAS' human resource department deposited my husband's salary straight into his bank account. That prevented me from accessing the money. 

"I struggled to pay bills and support the family with the help of friends and relatives before MAS eventually issued cheques to us," said the mother of three children. 

Wan Swaid was among the 12-member Malaysian crew in Flight MH370, which went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8. 

Intan Maizura Othman, the wife of another steward, Mohd Hazrin Mohamed Hasnan, 34, said the airline had yet to discuss financial settlement with them. 

"Other than issuing my husband's pay cheque and a one-off interim payment in the beginning, MAS has yet to approach any of us with regard to a long-term solution," she said. 

Intan Maizura, 34, also a MAS stewardess who is due to give birth to her second child soon, hopes that MAS will make a quick decision on the settlement. 

"I have a four-year-old daughter as well as my unborn child to take care of in the meantime," she said, adding that 56 days after the incident, MAS had not kept them abreast of things. 

Nufam president Ismail Nasaruddin said MAS should stop "marginalising" its workers by ignoring the welfare and well-being of their families. 

"The current MAS cabin crew members want some assurance of their safety and welfare," he said.

Anti-GST rally: Suhakam lauds cops, organisers and participants for peaceful demo

Posted: 01 May 2014 07:17 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has commended the peaceful conduct of the anti-GST rally in Kuala Lumpur.

The positive outcome resulted from good cooperation among rally organisers, participants and the authorities, said Suhakam in a statement on Thursday.

It lauded the police and the organisers for their positive engagement through a series of dialogues prior to the rally. 

"This resulted to the mutual agreement of both parties on several key aspects relating to the rally, particularly the police's agreement for the organisers to use the road near Dataran Merdeka despite the square itself being closed for upgrading work," said Suhakam.

The Commission was pleased that no Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) was deployed during the rally, and that major roads and public transport stations were not closed.

"The police, with the assistance of the organisers' marshals, had also successfully facilitated the traffic control and crowd movement throughout the rally so as to ensure that participants could move from all points without much hassle," it said.

Suhakam also noted the positive improvement in the professionalism of the police and other enforcement authorities in handling public rallies as demonstrated through the KL112 and anti-price hike rallies as well as Thursday's rally.


‘Treasure’ believed from Malacca Sultanate era found on Pulau Nangka

Posted: 01 May 2014 06:32 AM PDT

MALACCA: Two pieces of medals, believed to be from the era of the Malacca Sultanate, were found during a hunt for a multi-billion ringgit treasure on Pulau Nangka near here. 

The 'treasure' was discovered at 11.30pm on Wednesday by Smart Partnership International (M) Sdn.  

Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the medals would be sent for analysis, including to the National Heritage Department, to determine its authenticity.

He said this to reporters after opening the The Green apartment project at Kota Laksamana here on Thursday.

The project, costing RM331mil is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Smart Partnership International had been given a four-month contract, beginning January to search for the treasure on Pulau Nangka, an uninhabited island of about 20 hectares in size and located four kilometres from Pulau Besar, Jasin. 

The contract ended Wednesday. 

However, Idris said, the company was allowed to continue with the exploration work pending the outcome of the analysis on the medals. 

"If the medals are genuine, we will allow the company to continue the exploration. Otherwise, we will order them to stop and leave the site.

"I also want to make it clear that our contract with the company does not involved funds, only an understanding to jointly search for the historical artifacts," he added. - Bernama


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