Thursday, September 8, 2016

MAS to Hand Over MH370 Documents

Photo: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Today, the High Court has ordered that all relevant documents pertaining to the disappearance of Flight MH370 be handed over to 76 next-of-kin of passengers who had initiated the biggest civil proceedings here.

The court has set October 20 to check on the compliance of the court order over the matter. And November 03 for case management for 27 other similar suits involving Flight MH370.

In their suit, the plaintiffs said the Department of Civil Aviation director-general had on January 29 last year declared MH370 to be an accident and that all 239 passengers and crew on board the flight were presumed to have lost their lives.

They had successfully argued that those documents among others related to the background and sequence of events of the incident and its search operations, were relevant and that they represent critical evidence for the trial.

The plantiffs had sought for 37 items, including all notes, memoranda, investigative reports by any and all investigators who participated in the investigations on behalf of defendants in connection with the flight.

They have named MAS, Malaysia Airlines Berhad, the DCA director-general, RMAF and the Government as defendants. 

In the statement of claim dated March 03, they are claiming among others for negligence, breach of contract, breach of statutory duty and breach of Montreal Convention against MAS. 

The families have said that MAS gave no proper account of events that had happened during the flight, which, the next of kin was later informed in text messages, had gone down in the southern Indian Ocean. 

Flight MH370 went missing while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China, on March 08, 2014.

Yesterday, I attended the ITC Bintang Toastmasters meeting at Bankers Club in the Amoda Building in KL’s Jalan Imbi.

I had delivered an Advanced speech from the Interpersonal Communication manual. This was Assignment #2 The Successful Negotiator. And I was even voted Best Project Speaker.

I did an interesting role-play – although my Evaluator thought I went over the top! At least, that was what I understood it to be. Never mind lah..That was his opinion only. 

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