Malaysian authorities have dismissed claims in a foreign media report that flight MH370 was hijacked by terrorists and its 239 passengers including crew are being held against their will at a yet to be ascertained unknown location.
Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein stated on Thursday that there was no truth in the report which he described as an “unverified rumour”.
He said “such unverified report and rumours will disrupt our search and rescue operation. Irresponsible act such as this will affect the family as well.”
Some media organisations have reported that US investigators are pursuing the possibility that the 239 passengers and crew on the missing Boeing 777-200ER are being held against their will at an unknown location.
Some had gone ahead to publish sensational claims that American counter-terrorism officials believed somebody on board deliberately turned off the plane’s transponders to avoid radar detection.
Hishammuddin also stold newsmen that the Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia confirmed that the publication of satellite images in the media claiming that debris of the plane was found in the South China Sea was not sanctioned by the Chinese government.
The Acting Minister said “he reiterated to me that the Chinese government will inform their Malaysia counterparts first if such important information is obtained. “