Kin of MH370 passengers angered by Malaysia Airlines` notice to vacate hotel
The relatives of the ill-fated passengers aboard mysterious Malaysian Airlines MH370 were seen leaving their hotel in Beijing, just a day after the airline officials denied providing them any more accomodation.
Zee Media Bureau
Beijing: The relatives of the ill-fated passengers aboard mysterious Malaysian Airlines MH370 were seen leaving their hotel in Beijing, just a day after the airline officials denied providing them any more accomodation.
Steven Wang, whose mother was on the flight said, "I`m very angry." He further said that the airline should have given them some more time.
Heavy deployment of police was seen in Lido hotel in Beijing, with both uniformed and non-uniformed officers inside, to prevent any chaotic situations arising between angry family members and Malaysia Airlines staff.
Malaysia Airlines provided help to relatives in both Malaysia and China since the disappearance of the flight on March 8.
The carrier announced late Thursday in a statement that it was ending all hotel accommodation for passenger relatives by next Wednesday, but many said that they were even asked to leave sooner.
In the statement, the airline said it was advising families "to receive information updates on the progress of the search and investigation and other support by Malaysia Airlines within the comfort of their own homes".
Malaysia`s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Hamzah Zainuddin told reporters in Kuala Lumpur on Friday that the time had come for relatives to return home.
He further added that the airline has been supporting the relatives for 55 long days, and they must live now in their comfort zone.
Chinese passengers accounted for about two-thirds of the total people on the flight.
"I`ve left the hotel," said Wen Wancheng, whose son was on MH370. "I`m already on the train going back home," he said.
Low level local government officials have gone to Beijing to persuade relatives to leave the hotel and return home, some relatives said.
One angry relative named Wang even threatened to sue Malaysia Airlines. She has already returned home, following the notice issued by the officials on Friday.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement that China "was willing to work with the Malaysian side to make progress in comforting the families of passengers."
Relatives were to be notified of details about the payments two weeks after they return home, the relatives said, citing the notice.