KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 30, 2015:
The National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (NUFAM) is urging Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and all insurance companies to start paying families of the Flight MH370 crew the compensation they deserved, without stating any “additional” terms or conditions to these payments.
In a statement this morning, NUFAM claimed that some parties could be playing “smart” in order to convince these families to accept whatever is on the table.
NUFAM said families have been bogged with endless problems over the last 10 months over compensation matters which had been very difficult due to the terms and conditions.
Most families have now lost the head of the family or breadwinner and now they have to cope up with every single thing on their own, said NUFAM.
“There is a letter of declaration which MAS is known to have forced the families to sign before they are given compensation.
“Are there any invalid terms there? Let the families decide on what they want to do and MAS should not enforce anything else on these families,” said NUFAM, which represents the cabin crew profession in Malaysia.
It urged MAS to cut the red tape and pay them for what these families deserve as it would be unfair for MAS to play “hide and seek” or make things difficult for the families.
“They have suffered enough in the last few months and whatever that has been promised to these families, MAS should proceed paying the compensation.
“Since there is already an official declaration of the event by the officials yesterday, MAS needs to do the right thing now without being asked,” said NUFAM.
The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman yesterday announced that the Malaysian government had classified the MH370 incident as an accident with no survivors, although the search will continue.
NUFAM also wants proper recognition for the crew involved on MH370 since the authorities have declared it as an aviation accident.
“The right thing to do now is to give the 12 crew and pilots the highest recognition they deserved as they have sacrificed their lives while on duty.
“The government with the help of big financial institutions should also consider forming an aviation crisis fund from now on,” it said.
At the same time, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) stated that the Australian Government remains committed to the search for MH370 and will continue to work with Malaysia and China.
“The Australian Government notes the declaration of the accident relating to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that was delivered in Malaysia.
“We understand that the families of those on board MH370 are experiencing enormous grief, heightened by not knowing the circumstances under which the aircraft disappeared.
“Providing support to those families, particularly at this difficult time, will continue to be a priority,” it stated.