After one year of operating the MH370 family support centre outside of Beijing, Malaysia Airlines has announced its closure, reported The Star.
The centre was staffed by officials from the governments of Malaysia and China and Malaysia Airlines, and was set up on 4 May for families of Chinese nationals on board the missing MAS flight. Of the 239 people on board, 152 were from China.
These families were informed of the decision signed by the “Chinese government joint working platform”. Families can continue to make “reasonable requests” through the petition channels under the State Bureau for Letters and Calls, said the article.
However, the notice also urged Malaysia to continue with the search mission and “fulfil its responsibility on compensation and provide support and assistance to the next of kin.”
The centre has received visits from bereaved family members in the past year.
MAS has been keeping #alwaysinmyheart alive on its Twitter feed in memory of the incident.
— Malaysia Airlines (@MAS) March 30, 2015
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— Malaysia Airlines (@MAS) March 6, 2015