The government will finalise and publish its final report on the international joint search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in July.
The four-year-long search, which involved investigative organisations from seven countries, had cost Malaysia RM500 million, said Transport Minister Anthony Loke.
“I wish to reiterate that the aspiration to locate MH370 will never be abandoned and we remain ever hopeful that we will be able to find answers we seek and that new information will come to light and that at some point in the future, the aircraft will be located,” Loke said.
Loke did not discount the possibility of future searches if there were new leads: “There’s no time limit. At the moment, we want to focus on the report.”
“There are, of course, many companies that have forwarded their suggestions. But without leads or evidence that the area is suitable for another search, we cannot engage with all the companies.
“There are some considerations before making a decision,” Loke said, adding that the government remained dedicated in resolving the MH370 mystery.
A privately funded search by US-based Ocean Infinity came to a close after its deep-sea vessel surveyed 112,000 sq km of the southern Indian Ocean over 90 days.
The firm had struck a “no cure, no fee” contract in which it would have received up to US$70 million (RM279 million), but only upon discovering wreckage of the Boeing 777.
Prior to this, the MH370 investigative team had involved 19 representatives from air accident investigation organisations from Australia, China, France, Indonesia, Singapore, the UK and the US.
Loke added that relatives would be given first access to “all data and information” within the report before it was published.
Flight MH730 was destined for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014, before it mysteriously vanished with 239 people on board.
Relatives have called for a renewal of the search, with some pilots saying the wreckage may be further south of the Indian Ocean. – Malaysian Insight