History will judge us well: Malaysia
Malaysia's government yesterday said that it would be judged favourably by posterity over its much-questioned handling of the crisis over missing flight MH370.
"I think history will judge us well," Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told a daily press briefing on the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.
Hishammuddin had been asked how Malaysia would be able to repair its image and "bruising" treatment by the international media.
Malaysia's authoritarian government has come under international criticism over the unexplained disappearance of the plane on March 8.
Malaysia's initial response to the crisis was plagued by contradictory statements and allegations that authorities wasted precious search time by taking a week to analyse Malaysian military radar that indicated the plane had veered out over the Indian Ocean.
The massive Malaysia-coordinated search effort was eventually reoriented to the Indian Ocean, away from an initial focus on the South China Sea.
"Not many countries in the world could get 26 countries to work together," Hishammuddin said, referring to the size of the international effort at its height.
Many of the next-of-kin of MH370 passengers, particularly Chinese relatives, angrily accuse the flag carrier and the Malaysian government of incompetence and withholding information.