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Malaysian deputy defence minister Abdul Rahim has reportedly said the costs will be split 50-50.

But Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre head Angus Houston says negotiations over costs are still going on.

‘We’re still to negotiate the burden-sharing with, for example, Malaysia,’ the former defence chief told ABC TV today.

The federal government allocated $90 million for the search in its recent budget.

Malaysia has spent $A9.3 million on fuel and food for equipment and personnel in the search, its transport minister told reporters.

‘The cost that we had to bear is relatively small compared to the other assets given by other countries used in the search,’he said.

Malaysian officials will be in Canberra today to discuss the next phase of the search.

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  1. There should be no money spent on this search for MH370 missing aircraft! Firstly, the Indian Ocean is 20% of the worlds water and given the information Malaysia has offered since the aircraft’s disappearance, there is no known location in the Indian Ocean.
    Malaysia has no idea as to MH370’s whereabouts and it’s all a guessing game with no proof or evidence that it is even in the ocean.
    The quicker the PM and our government stop expounding about finding the aircraft the quicker the families that lost love ones will be at peace.
    Our treasurer and the government are trying to sell this budget, however to slap millions of dollars into a project of not even knowing the co-ordinates of where the aircraft flew from Malaysian airspace is a total nonsense and a blatant disregard of tax payers money.

    • Everything costs even service given. A budget can be set aside for the search and to be done in stages. It will not be a daily affair. May be once a month lasting a week. Just a thought. Because the material used to make the plane last. Even Titanic last for hundreds of years. Of course regrets to the family members and loved ones because they are anxious that the plane be found as soon as possible. The effort has to be realistic. Whichever country the passengers belong to has to help, unless the family members themselves give up. But the big part of the bill has to be foot by MAS.


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