Malaysia assures full report on MH370 will be 'published openly and transparently'

Malaysia assures full report on MH370 will be 'published openly and transparently'

Man looks at message board for passengers onboard missing MH370 in Kuala Lumpur
A man looks at a message board for passengers, onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, during its fourth annual remembrance event in Kuala Lumpur, Mar 3, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/Lai Seng Sin

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia government on Monday (May 28) gave assurance that the full report on the search for the ill-fated flight MH370 will be made public in a detailed and transparent manner.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said Ocean Infinity, a US-based underwater exploration company, was expected to submit the full report to the government in the very near future as the search for the aircraft ends on Tuesday. 

It began the mission to find flight MH370 in January and aimed to complete it in 90 days based on "no cure no fee" agreement.

Mr Loke said the report would be published in full detail without edits after it was tabled to the Cabinet.

“I’m very serious about this, but I cannot guarantee that the flight can be found. I’m just a minister, not an aviation expert. 

"But, I can assure that the report will be published openly and transparently without anything being adjusted or hidden, including the elements of controversy,” he told reporters after visiting the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) headquarters. 

In an update on Wednesday, Mr Loke told Channel NewsAsia that the report will be released in July. 

"What we are deciding right now is the final report of the investigation team, (which) will be released in July. This is what I've committed - we will give full disclosure without any hiding or editing of the contents," he said. 

He also reiterated that the government will consider another search if new evidence surfaces. 

FLIGHT TICKETS PRICES

In another development, Mr Loke has instructed Mavcom to carry out a special study to set a ceiling for prices of air tickets, particularly during festive seasons.

“The people should not be burdened by expensive flight tickets during festive seasons, especially the people of Sabah and Sarawak who are working in the peninsula, and vice versa," he said. 

“The study needs to be carried out soon so that we can fix the suitable (ceiling) rate, but we need to seek the opinions of experts first to ascertain the impact to the industry and the aviation market."

​​​​​​​Additional reporting by Sumisha Naidu

Source: Bernama/ng(aj)/hs

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