China Daily has urged family members of missing flight MH370 passengers to “be rational and make funeral arrangements” amongst public fury over the handling of the MH370 flight investigations.
The call comes amongst tensions which began with Chinese government criticism against the Malaysian government’s handling of the issue and escalated into government approved public protests outside the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, calls for boycotts of all things Malaysian and the shaming of the Malaysian government by Chinese actress Zhang Zhiyi.
The commentary written by Mei Xinyu, a researcher at a commerce ministry institute, defends the Malaysian government in claiming that:
although the Malaysian government’s handling of the crisis has been quite clumsy, we need to understand this is perhaps the most bizarre incident in Asian civil aviation history. And confronted with this unprecedented crisis, it is understandable that as a developing country, the Malaysia government felt completely at a loss.
Mei reminds Chinese citizens that “China is a highly civilised country… [and] the rest of society should likewise take a rational attitude.” no doubt, in response to conspiracy theories ranging from government cover-ups to accounts of terrorist forces at play.
Is this report from Chinese state media China Daily a move from the government in an attempt to ease unrest between Malaysia and China? Whilst Mei makes some vital points towards steering the public away from hysteria, it’s also difficult to see statements such as “demanding an independent sovereign state to release all this information is not appropriate” having much on an impact on heartbroken family members.
[Image via The Straits Times]
By Mandy Liang