Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: families' anger overflows

The protracted search for flight MH370, now into its third week, has strained ties between China and Malaysia. Beijing has repeatedly applied pressure on the Malaysian government to step up its hunt and do a better job of looking after the welfare of the relatives of the 153 Chinese passengers who were onboard the plane.

Families of the passengers, many still keeping vigil at the Lido Hotel in Beijing, blasted a Malaysian delegation for "concealing the truth" and "making fools" out of the families after they said they left a meeting without answering all their questions.

Police were forced to intervene as relatives rushed towards Malaysian officials at a Beijing hotel, demanding answers over the fate of their loved ones.

The confrontation at the Lido Hotel came as the search for the missing jet entered its third week, with many clinging to the hope that family members might still be alive and alleging Malaysian involvement in a cover-up.

"Government of Malaysia, tell us the truth! Give us back our loved ones!" shouted audience members at Saturday's briefing at the hotel attended by government officials. The hotel has hosted daily briefings for relatives from representatives of the airline.

"The Malaysian government is deceiving us. They don't dare to face us. The Malaysian government are the biggest murderers," a relative in the audience shouted, even though there is no evidence to suggest a government conspiracy.

As anger in the hall mounted, some relatives rushed towards the Malaysian officials but police intervened and the officials left the room.

In his press briefing on Saturday, Malaysia’s acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein described the briefing in Beijing as "less productive" than similar ones carried out for families in Kuala Lumpur.

"Despite the best intentions, I understand there were tense scenes," he said.

"We are working hard with Chinese authorities and the Chinese working group to create a more conducive environment for the briefings."

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