MH370: Search resumes, strategies to improve - Tiong Lai

MH370: Search resumes, strategies to improve - Tiong Lai
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai says improvements in aircraft search strategy needs to be done from time to time. -Photo: Astro AWANI/Rahimah Abdullah
KUALA LUMPUR: The search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will continue through the trilateral cooperation of Malaysia, China and Australia.

A tripartite meeting at the ministerial level will be held next week in China.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the talks will focus on a more effective search strategies.

"We are continuing the search for MH370 even if the Prime Minister of Australia has changed. However, we would like to thank Australia for their commitment in the search for MH370.
"We will hold a tripartite meeting officially in China next week to discuss details about the search strategies," he told reporters after officiating the closing ceremony of World Communication Forum Kuala Lumpur in Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here today.

He said that the improvements in aircraft search strategy needs to be done from time to time.

"We will improve the strategy to find the exact location of MH370. We know the area (search location) is right, but we want to find (the plane) more quickly so that we are able to find MH370 earlier.

"We've found the flaperon. So it is true that the aircraft ended in the Indian Ocean and from the discovery of the flaperon, the plane has moved from that location to Reunion island,” he said.

French investigators have confirmed that the fragments known as flaperon belongs to the missing MH370 which went missing on March 8, 2014.

The plane was carrying 239 passengers, and was en route from Malaysia to China.

Meanwhile, Malaysia also urged the establishment of the International Tribunal on flight MH17 tragedy which was shot down in eastern Ukraine, on July 17 last year.

Tiong Lai said the move was crucial to ensure justice for the victims of the plane crash.

"We would like to discuss how to establish a tribunal although our resolution was rejected by Russia, but we are still having discussions with Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on how do we keep an effective international court to get justice for MH17 victims.

"We seek a solution to ensure justice for the innocent," he said.

He added that the matter should be solved immediately through an international platform.