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July 21 (Bloomberg) –- Bloomberg’s Haslinda Amin reports on the limitations and the issues for investigators at the crash site for Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. She speaks to Angie Lau on Bloomberg Television’s “First Up.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Being restricted by gunmen.

Our southeast asia correspondent is in kuala lumpur.

You have been there for the past couple of -- you know, 24 hours.

What is the mood like as you walk around and yeah there the story?

-- and gather the story?

Shock, dismay.

The whole country is in a state of shock.

They cannot believe what happened.

370 just months ago, nothing has been found, and now mh17 has gone down.

All 298 of the passengers have perished.

So the country is in a state of shock.

The flags are being flown at half mast.

It has been tough for the past three days, since friday.

The nation is mourning.

And there is outrage because of what is happening at the crash site.

We know that bodies were left to rot for a number of days before they were transported to refrigerated train cabins.

The destination unknown.

There is outrage in the country at how badly the victims have been treated and how the families have been disappointed.

The country is trying to do all they can.

They talked about the transport minister and his position.

It is a huge challenge to try to gain access to the crash site in ukraine.

He has not been successful.

He has met with the government in ukraine and he will be meeting with the dutch side to gain access from malaysia.

You alluded to it a little bit, but what must it feel like for families of the victims to not know exactly what happened, have the crash site contaminated for investigators, but they do not even have access to the proper burial for the bodies.

That will be a long time coming.

Right now, the only people with access or who have had access are the investigators of osce.

This is an international investigation team.

They have been given just 75 minutes, hardly enough to do an examination.

Given the fact that there has been little access, bodies being sent back to their respective countries to have a proper burial, that is causing a lot of tension, a lot of uproar among the international community, how badly ukraine, russia are handling the situation.

No doubt.

You have got to wonder about the morale for malaysia airlines and its staff as well.

Tell us a little about that and also these cancellations of malaysia airlines.

How is it handling all of that?

In terms of morality, it could not be any lower.

-- in terms of morale, it could not be any lower.

Morale is at an all-time low.

Crewmembers have been badly affected.

They have been shattered and screwed by what has happened -- and spooked by what has happened.

A number of them say they need psychological assistance, they are not wanting to fly.

Morality is -- morale is very low.

In terms of cancellations, the airline has said it is willing to refund all cancellations for rerouting of flights or delays of travel.

It regrets what has happened, but it appreciates the kind of support it has gotten from its customers.

This airline is going through such tremendous financial difficulties.

It has had losses of $1.5 billion over three years.

It has 500 ringgit per day, so it can ill afford the kind of losses it is going through.

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