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Singapore defends Malaysia's efforts on missing plane

SINGAPORE - Singapore on Friday came to Malaysia's defence after scathing criticism of Kuala Lumpur's handling of the disappearance of a passenger plane with 239 people on board.

Singapore Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam also said Malaysia’s Southeast Asian neighbours did what they could to help in the early days of searching for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, but most of them lack the necessary resources for large scale assistance.

"I think some of the criticisms are unfair," Shanmugam told the Foreign Correspondents Association in Singapore.

"I don’t think enough account has been taken of the fact that there was very little to go on, very little that the Malaysians or anyone knew about the matter," he said, describing the plane’s disappearance as a "most unusual, bizarre situation".

DPA


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