MH370 Next-of-kin Wails On Chinese New Year; Sacked Kiwi Insists Authorities Searching In The Wrong Place

MH370 Next-of-kin Wails On Chinese New Year; Sacked Kiwi Insists Authorities Searching In The Wrong Place
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The Chinese next-of-kin of MH370 passengers wailed at Putra square in Putrajaya, Malaysia at 4pm on Feb 18. The families cried and begged while chanting “please come back, Chinese New Year is here.”


The families went in the square to give Chinese calligraphy scrolls to Malaysian Minister Datuk Seri Najib Rajak. Their petition for their relatives to come back was written in the scrolls, The Malaysian Insider reported.

They were wearing red shirts with the words “Pray for MH370. They sat in a circle and wailed as a sign for protest after the Malaysian government officially declared that MH30 was lost due to an accident. The government made the announcement in January.

Chinese national Wen Wan Cheng, whose son was among the 239 people onboard flight MH370, said the Malaysian government should have not made the declaration. “There is no evidence to show it,” Wen said.

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He said contrary with what many were saying, that the declaration will help the families move on, the declaration meant nothing to them. “It cannot buy happiness. It cannot replace my son,” Wen said.

The families hoped to meet with Malaysia’s transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. However, the official did not come up until the families left the square at 6pm.

Search for Flight MH370 Was In The Wrong Place

Sacked Kiwi oil rig worker Mike McKay still insists that the search for MH370 is happening in the wrong place.

He was fired in 2014 for sending a letter saying he believed he saw a plane caught on fire and “come down” in South China Sea. He used his company’s email in sending his letter, hence got fired from his job.

“Almost a year has passed, but I stand by what I saw,” he told MailOnline in an exclusive interview.

On March 12, he sent an email to Vietnamese officials saying that he believed he saw MH370 come down. In the letter, he said he had observed the plane burning at high altitude on a compass bearing of 265 degrees to 275 degrees from his company’s surface location.

“While I observed the burning plane it (sic) appeared to be in one piece… From when I first saw the burning plane it appeared to be in one piece. From when I first saw the burning plane until the flames went out was 10-15 seconds. There was no lateral movement, so it was either coming toward our location, stationary or going away from our location,” McKay’s letter said.

In his interview with MailOnline on Feb 18, he said he wrote in his letter that he cannot say for certain that what he saw was indeed MH370, the timing of his sighting of a burning plane fits in with when the Malaysian plane lost contact. He told MailOnline that he was trying to disprove what he saw at that time but so far he failed to do so.

Not wanting to be part of the whole controversy surrounding the lost of MH370, McKay said he laid low. However, people then started to ask why he had gone into hiding.

Some bloggers even speculated that McKay is not a real person and his letter was a complete hoax.

McKay was not able to find another job since being fired, even with his 30 years of experience in the oil rig industry.