KUALA LUMPUR — July 25, 2018: Five next-of-kin of three passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have filed a leave application for judicial review to quash the government’s decision to classify several documents under the Official Secrets Act 1972.
The documents were recording or communication transcript on MH370, a letter of agreement with Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia, minutes of meetings of agencies, internal memos and reports on search and rescue operations and the post-mortem report.
They filed the application yesterday, naming the transport minister, the ministry’s secretary-general and the government, as the first, second and third respondent respectively.
Two of the applicants are the children of Tan Ah Meng, 46, and wife Chuang Hsiu Ling, 45, who were passengers on MH370 together with their eldest son Tan Wei Chew, 19.
The other three applicants are Ah Meng’s parents — father Tan Hun Khong and mother Lai Chew Lai — and Chuang’s Taiwanese father Chuang Hung Chien.
They are seeking, among others, an order for the respondents to reveal the documents and a declaration that they have the rights over the documents.
The next-of kin of the three passengers claimed that the decision by the government to classify the documents under the OSA was inappropriate and that the respondents had failed to take into account factors that were relevant and of interests to the families of the passengers.
In January 2015, Department of Civil Aviation director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman declared the disappearance of MH370 as an accident under international aviation regulations and thal all 239 passengers and crew presumed to have perished.
The Boeing 777-200ER left Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 8, 2014, en route to Beijing and disappeared from the radar an hour later. — Bernama