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  • 5 April 2014, 10:43

Malaysia: We're Not Behind Plane Disappearance

Malaysia's transport minister has denied "extraordinary" claims the country was complicit in the disappearance of flight MH370.

Mayalsia's main opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, said on Friday the investigation had been "clearly suspect" and alleged "complicity by authorities on the ground".

But speaking at a press conference on Saturday, acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said: "Let me touch on some unfounded allegations made against Malaysia.

"These allegations include the extraordinary assertion that Malaysian authorities were somehow complicit in what happened to MH370.

"I would like to state for the record that these allegations are completely untrue.

"As I've said before, the search for MH370 should be above politics, and so I call on all Malaysians to unite, to stand by our armed forces as they work in difficult conditions thousands of miles from home, and to support all those who are working tirelessly in the search for MH370."

The comments come as the British nuclear submarine HMS Tireless entered the search area.

It is expected to play a crucial role in the quest to find the plane's black box, which could hold the key to solving the mystery of what happened.

"I spoke via telephone to the British Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond, regarding the nuclear submarine HMS Tireless," said Mr Hussein.

"I hereby confirm the submarine is now in the search area and helping in the search operation."

Up to 10 military planes, three civilian jets and 11 ships scoured more than 1,000 square miles of sea off the west coast of Australia on Saturday.

The hunt was taking place in three large patches of the southern Indian Ocean, some 2,000km, 2,300km and 1,800km northwest of Perth.

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