Four months since the loss of MH370’s Boeing 777-200 Reg #9M-MRO, families and friends remain hopeful for the return of their loved ones, despite knowing the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean, as solemnly announced by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on March 24, 2014. Photo Credit: Jimmy LWH

Malaysian Government Asset Deployment in August MH370 Search Area in Southern Indian Ocean.

Statement by YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein Minister of Defense, Sunday, July 06, 2014, 1:38 PM (Malaysian Time)

It has been 121 days since MH370 went missing. Almost 4 months have passed since the Malaysian Government first coordinated the search operations for the missing plane. As I have said previously, we are fortunate not to be alone in this and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the 26 nations and especially our Tripartite partners – Australia and China for their commitment to locate the missing MH370. This is truly an international effort and the search is a powerful example of international co-operation.

On the asset deployment front, the Asset Deployment Committee has convened to finalise the details of the contracted assets that will be deployed as Malaysian Government Furnished Equipment for the bathymetric survey and the pursuant sub surface search.

The Bunga Mas 6 (BM6) has been actively present in the search area ever since the surface search was carried out. BM6 which was deployed on the 20th of April 2014 will remain in the search area in the coming phase to assist in the search for MH370. Currently, BM6 is assisting with logistical support and data transfer for the vessels within the search area.

Another Royal Malaysian Navy vessel, the KD Mutiara, which has the capability of the multi beam echo sounder will also join the search efforts to assist in the bathymetric survey process. The ship will set sail on the 4th of August 2014.

PETRONAS together with DEFTECH and Phoenix International will deploy a Prosas Side Scan Sonar (Towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar) which will be mounted on a mother vessel.

Boustead Heavy Industries, together with iXBlue Australia will be deploying a deep towed side scan sonar with a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) mounted on the mother vessel called John Lethbridge.

Instructions for immediate mobilisation have been given and the assets are expected to reach the search area in mid August 2014. Operational requirements for these assets will be coordinated with the Australian authorities.

Malaysia remains committed in the search for MH370. It must be stressed that Malaysia, together with Australia and China are doing our utmost in the search and our top priority remains to look for the missing MH370 and giving closure to the families of those on board MH370.

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MH370 Tribute Photo Exhibition

The MH370 Tribute Photo Exhibition, launched on July 6, 2014, and organized by the Foreign Correspondents Club of Malaysia, displays forty sentimental photographs taken by ten international and local photographers, who covered the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 tragedy – now known as the greatest mystery in international aviation safety and security history.

Located at Publika Shopping Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this remarkable photo exhibition honors three aspects of the missing MH370 Boeing 777-200 airliner mystery: (1) the family and friends reacting to the loss of the 239 passengers and crew aboard the missing airliner, (2) the unprecedented international search and recovery efforts, and (3) the human dimensions of fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters, and friends surrounding the hope and courage displayed during these past four months of the missing MH370 tragedy.

Malaysian Defense Minister Hishamuddin Hussein Announcement of the MH370 Tribute Exhibition.

On July 6, 2014, Former Acting Transport Minister and current Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein launched the MH370 Tribute Exhibition at Publika Shopping Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The exhibit, officially announced in the KiniTV Malaysia video clip below, showcases forty photos by ten local and international media photographers of how the world reacted to the tragedy, and of the ongoing search for the missing Boeing 777-200 operated as Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Video Credit: KiniTV, Malaysia


Remarks of Malaysian Defense Minister Hishamuddin Hussein on the MH370 International Media Attention.

Malaysian Defense Minister Hishamuddin Hussein also said that he regretted “sensationalism and inaccuracy” of the international media’s reporting of the MH370 crisis. The Defense Minister reminded the press that “lives are at stake” in the quest to find the Boeing 777-200 airliner that has been missing now for four months.

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Malaysian Defense Minister Hishamuddin Hussein, who was then-Acting Malaysian Transport Minister, when the MH370 Boeing 777-200 airliner disappeared on March 8, served as the chief Malaysian official spokesman for the search and rescue operations coordination for several months afterwards. Minister Hishamuddin Hussein also said in his remarks in the KiniTV Malaysia video clip below that the international media attention was “over-whelming” during the crisis.

Video Credit: KiniTV, Malaysia

Response by MH370 Families and Friends of the 239 Passengers and Crew Lost.

Jacquita Gomes, wife of MH370 in-flight supervisor, Patrick Gomes, who was aboard MH370, said that the hope remained that they were still on land, which made their chances of coming back higher.

“We are just carrying on with life at the moment. We just don’t want (the missing MH370 crisis incident) to be quiet. People need to still remember that they are still out there,” she said when met at the launching of the MH370 Tribute Photo Exhibition by Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein in Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia on July 6.

In the meantime, Gomes also praised Defense Minister Hishamuddin Hussein for not giving up on the search and rescue efforts and, for which, he would monitor the progress closely.

“It is a relief he will see to it till the end. So, we rely on them (all of the Malaysian officials). And, we have to wait for them to do all that they can do, whether they find (the plane) out there (in the forthcoming new search area in the southern Indian Ocean in August) or not. That is another story,” Gomes told reporters.

The Beijing-bound Boeing 777-200 with 239 people on board went missing on March 8, an hour after taking off from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It was to have landed in Beijing at 6.30 am on the same day.

Meanwhile, Maira Elizabeth, daughter of chief steward on flight MH370, Andrew Nari, earnestly hoped that the respective parties (Malaysian and Australian officials) kept their promises and that they could find the Boeing 777-200 airliner soon.

“All those people on board (must be found), whether they are dead or alive, it does not matter, as long as they come back, Maira Elizabeth said.

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Photo Credit: Gunnar Kullenberg, MH370’s Boeing 777-200 Reg #9M-MRO