KUALA LUMPUR (June 18): The government has yet to decide whether or not to table a White Paper in Parliament on the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370, said Acting Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He said that the government had also not decided on the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) or the parliamentary Select Committee, to investigate the MH370 tragedy.

“The decision on the matter will be made after the missing aircraft is found, investigation on the incident carried out and cause of the tragedy identified.

“Efforts to find the MAS aircraft will continue,” he said in a written reply to Liew Chin Tong (DAP-Kluang), at the Dewan Rakyat sitting here today.

Liew wanted to know whether the Transport Ministry had plans to table a white paper on the MH370 tragedy in Parliament, based on a Cabinet note issued by Hishammuddin on May 14.

On the amount spent for the MH370 search and rescue (SAR) mission, Hishammuddin said that the government had yet to assess the total cost involved, as the SAR operation was still ongoing.

“The operation cost of SAR is carried out, in line with the standard set under ANNEX 12 SAR, Chicago Convention 1944, where each country shall provide the SAR service for areas in the Search and Rescue Region (SRR), stipulated by the Aviation Security, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

“In this context, the SAR operation cost is borne by the countries involved,” he added.

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