No decision made on reward for discovery of MH370: transport ministry

21-Jan-2017 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

The government has yet to make any decision on rewarding anyone who manages to locate Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the suggestion of a reward originated from an idea floated by deputy Transport minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi.

“I have received many suggestions from various quarters on how we should continue our efforts in searching for the ill-fated flight.

“We will go through the ideas and suggestions, but we have yet to make any decision, since there is no credible evidence,” he said in a press conference after launching the ‘MyPerak’ WeChat Messenger application at Bao An Gong Temple in Jalan Indah here today.

On Wednesday, the New Straits Times reported that anyone who manages to find the aircraft, which disappeared on March 8, 2014, would be rewarded.

Azisa said that those interested in embarking on an expedition to locate the missing plane could write to the transport ministry before going on their mission. They must, however, meet several conditions, including bearing all expenses involved in their search, and they must locate the aircraft’s fuselage.

He also told the NST that the government, together with Australia and China, would raise a cash reward that would be paid out to the party that locates the plane’s main wreckage.

Liow added that he will leave for Australia to welcome returning search parties as they arrive in Fremantle on Sunday.

“I will be there, together with the Australian Transport minister. We will look into the details and data that the team has collected from the search mission. They have done a great job.

“I must say that this is unprecedented in history. (The) MH370 search mission (has been carried out for) nearly three years.

“Even though we have suspended the search, it doesn’t mean that we simply stop the mission.

“(If we ever get) credible evidence, we will look into it,” he said, adding that the government is always with the next-of-kin of victims and committed to finding answers to the tragedy.


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