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(Voice of America)   Malaysian Airlines: Hey, sorry about jerking you around about the whereabouts of your loved ones. Here's $5000 bucks. We're square, now, right?   ( divider line
    More: Asinine, Malaysia Airlines, Malaysian Embassy, embassy, Chinese, Transport Minister, Chinese characters, Western Australian  
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3082 clicks; posted to Main » on 25 Mar 2014 at 5:33 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-03-25 05:23:19 PM  
3 votes:
Protests are rare in China, especially in the country's capital, but authorities allowed it to go on apparently out of sympathy for the passengers' families because they weren't protesting the Chinese government.

2014-03-25 05:48:49 PM  
2 votes:

scottydoesntknow: - millions-if-theyre-american-n61521

Apparently Americans are worth a lot more than citizens of other nations.

That is less outrageous than you might think.

Costs of living vary widely.
2014-03-25 05:43:55 PM  
1 vote:

abhorrent1: I don't know if they were jerking them around. They just don't know where the plane it. The ocean is a big place.

It is entirely possible that what appears to be incompetence is merely incredibly hard work that didn't yield the desired result.  It's also possible that the problem stems from so many different agencies communicating with the media.
2014-03-25 04:46:44 PM  
1 vote:
dollarbucks, the traditional currency of malaysia
2014-03-25 04:41:44 PM  
1 vote:
Utter crap headline and shiatty article. First, from article up-page, the automatic payout is $176,000 from a treaty alone, and still gives families the right to bring private actions against the airline. The fact that they've paid out $5,000 so quickly is actually fairly commendable, and lets families suffering immediate financial hardship tend to their immediate needs.

Second, the issue is that the damages under a successful private cause of action are going to be based on the law of the jurisdiction in which such action is brought, and for many passengers, that will necessarily be Malaysia or China. Different jurisdictions have different laws. It's no different than the disparity in suing in states in the U.S. that have different caps on punitive and/or non-economic damages.
2014-03-25 04:30:29 PM  
1 vote:
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