KUALA LUMPUR- Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim accused the government of hiding information on Flight MH370, as a black-box detector was expected Friday in the search zone nearly a month after the plane vanished.
Anwar said he was “baffled” over the Malaysian military’s failure to respond despite detecting the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 crossing back over the country’s airspace following its mysterious detour.
“Unfortunately the manner in which this was handled after the first few days was clearly suspect,” Anwar said in an interview with Britain’s Daily Telegraph.
“One fact remains. Clearly information critical to our understanding is deemed missing. I believe the government knows more than us.”
Malaysia’s response to the crisis has been widely criticized, particularly by distraught relatives of the 153 Chinese people on the plane.
Australia, meanwhile, has assumed increasing responsibility over the physical search for the plane in the Indian Ocean.
Authorities coordinating the search said the Australian naval vessel Ocean Shield, carrying a US-supplied “black box” detector and underwater drone vehicle “for mapping the seafloor”, was due to arrive in the area being scoured for wreckage as 14 planes continued the arduous search.
The plane went missing in the early hours of March 8 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. Malaysia has said satellite data indicates it crashed in the Indian Ocean, far off western Australia.
But no debris indicating a crash site has been found despite an extensive search, as time runs out on the “black box” locator signal, which lasts only around 30 days.