Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Censor the Internet to Calm Chinese Conniption

The MH370 story is not just about grief. It is also about Chinese fury. And it is targeted at the Malaysian government. Their bumbling incompetence is now legendary. 

The Chinese anger is boiling over. Many Chinese tourists, who once saw Malaysia as an attractive holiday destination, are looking elsewhere, travel agents said on Tuesday. 

Eleven Chinese travel agents told Reuters that bookings between China and Malaysia had fallen severely, and that many people have cancelled their trips, amid anger at the perceived lack of information provided by the Malaysian government to passengers' families. 

Malaysians are rightly concerned. That includes Bung Mokhtar Radin (left). He is woefully aware that the Chinese nationals who lost their family members to the doomed plane are raging. And I don’t blame them. 

According to the Kinabatangan MP, continued bad news about MH370 that is now assumed lost with no survivors among the 239 people on board could move Chinese citizens to take out their anger on Malaysians abroad. 

“With our uncontrolled media, everything can be uploaded to their heart’s content. What will then happen?” Bung asked in Parliament yesterday. 

“What will happen if Chinese citizens believe in such issues? They will riot and torture any Malaysians wherever they are. We don’t want this to happen.” That bad, huh? 

And he came up with a nothing-to-it solution. Censor the Internet to calm Chinese conniption. In other words, Putrajaya must restrict information on the Internet about Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. 

I am wordless. 

On Monday evening I was at the Sime Darby Healthcare Toastmasters meeting. I had the opportunity to deliver CC speech #2 titled “Keeping Faith”. My evaluator was CP Lau (Money Mastery) and this was Round 7 of Project 15. I am thankful to him for agreeing to evaluate me at the eleventh hour. 

The meeting itself was alright and I would score it a 5.5 over 10.

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