Australia plans MH370 memorial in Perth

mh370-perthPETALING JAYA: Australia is building a memorial for the 239 missing people on board Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH370, which went missing in 2014.

Mark McGowan, the premier of Western Australia, was quoted by the PerthNow news portal today as saying that the development of the structure at Elizabeth Quay in Perth would be funded by the state and federal governments.

He said it was expected to be installed in the second half of 2018.

“This national memorial will be an important way to honour all those from locations around the world on board MH370, including the seven people who called Australia home, as well as recognising all affected family members and friends,” McGowan was quoted as saying.

“The site at Elizabeth Quay in Perth has been carefully chosen to provide a fitting and accessible location for family and friends and other visitors from all around the world. It will offer an appropriate setting for quiet reflection and contemplation.”

The PerthNow report said Perth was selected because of its proximity to the Indian Ocean. The aircraft had disappeared in the ocean with 227 passengers and 12 crew.

A tender released by Western Australia’s Department of the Premier and Cabinet said the project, with a commission value of A$126,000 (RM296,000) must “express emotion”, “evoke the experience of search” and “reflect upon personal loss while engendering a sense of place”.

It will be sited at one of four potential sites on Elizabeth Quay’s man-made island, which is already home to a playground and a cafe.

MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, en route to Beijing from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The search for the missing jet, in an area 2,500km from Perth, was suspended last January.

Australia, China and Malaysia had jointly coordinated and funded the search operation led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

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