(Mashable) -- A coalition representing some of the families of the MH370 passengers has issued a scathing statement condemning the Malaysian government, and Malaysia Airlines, accusing them of delaying and deceiving the families over the past 18 days. The statement, which was issued by the Chinese Family Committee in Beijing, states:
At 10pm on March 25, the Malaysian prime minister sent a statement to the families of MH370 passengers without any direct evidence that MH370 crashed in the south Indian ocean and no people survived. From March 8 when they announced that MH370 lost contact to today, 18 days have passed during which the Malaysian government and military constantly tried to delay, deceive the passengers' families and cheat the whole world. This shameless behaviour not only fooled and hurt the families of the 154 passengers but also misguided and delayed rescue actions, wasting a large quantity of human resources and materials and lost valuable time for the rescue effort. If the 154 passengers did lose their lives, Malaysia Airlines, the Malaysian government and military are the real executioners who killed them. We the families of those on board submit our strongest protest against them. We will take every possible means to pursue the unforgivable crimes and responsibility of all three."
The families have been devastated since receiving the news, with many refusing to believe the Malaysian government at their word.