Thursday, March 13, 2014

MH370 - What and Who to Believe?

The web is full of information about MH370 and much of it is unverifiable if not ill-founded. Of course there is the caveat that we should exercise caution what we read or even write, especially on something where not much information exists in the first place. MH370 is a case in point.
At the same time, we shouldn’t be hasty to condemn those who try to offer their version of the event because a lot of people are genuinely concerned. This situation comes about because Malaysia has not been forthcoming with information about the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft.
When there is a lack of information or if information is not shared, of course, many start wondering. And unless they get answers, they start to come up with their own theories and also make up stories. And rumors unavoidably follow.
So I am bewildered to hear Deputy Communication and Multimedia Minister Jailani Johari in Parliament on Wednesday threatening legal action against those who spread rumors on MH370. If he doesn’t want that, then please come clean on MH370! It’s as simple as that.
And then we have another idiot of a minister Shahidan Kassim (Minister in the Prime Minister's Department), who not only refuted claims that Malaysia has failed to manage the MH370 incident well but that he even blamed some foreign journalists for asking "nonsense" questions.
On the same day too, he alleged Malaysia’s principal spokesperson Department of Civil Aviation director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman is being bullied by the international media and advised the latter to walk off after presenting his reports.
Ibrahim Mat Zin, who is known as Raja Bomoh Sedunia Nujum VIP, with the title of Datuk Mahaguru – is the shaman (and his assistants) performing rituals 'to weaken the bad spirits' under the glare of international media at the KLIA on March 12, 2014. The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim

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We are sadly a country with a “kampong” (village) mindset. Is it any wonder that the search and rescue mission is in disarray? China deployed satellites equipped with high-resolution imaging and we mobilized fishermen. And a “bomoh” (shaman) armed with "zam zam" water, two coconuts, a "magical" walking stick and a carpet. 
[Personally, I believe if we hadn’t enforced the ban on Ultraman, we would be better off because we could have asked him to help us find MH370. And he can fly; on the other hand, the bomoh is depending on a carpet that has yet to prove it can take off!]
And we expanded the SAR coverage to include the western seaboard of the country just because our military revealed that it tracked the missing Malaysia Airlines flight by radar over the Straits of Malacca, far from where it last made contact with civilian air traffic control over the Gulf of Thailand. Reuters received this same confirmation from the RMAF that the Boeing 777-200ER changed course and made it to the other side of the peninsular.
I find it very strange that our air defense radar picked out an unidentified aircraft crossing into Malaysia and the Royal Malaysian Air Force did not even scramble any jet fighters to intercept the intruder coming into our airspace! Now that is unbelievable!
Regretably, information on MH370 is scant, skimp and sparse. China is asking Malaysia to 'tell the truth' about the missing MH370. Vietnam got so fed-up with Malaysia’s information, or rather misinformation that it suspended air search and scaled back its sea operations. Unless Malaysia gets its act together, it’s a matter of time other countries will follow suit.
In Parliament, a motion to debate the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines aircraft was dismissed in writing by speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia on Wednesday.
Immediately after Question Time, Mahfuz Omar (PAS-Pokok Sena) who had filed the motion, interrupted the proceedings to voice dissatisfaction of the decision. “It is important for this Parliament to represent the people of Malaysia in registering our regret over the incident to the families of passengers,” he had said. And rightly so.
The Deputy Speaker Ismail Mohamed Said, who was chairing the session, was unmoved and he reiterated the decision made by the speaker.
This is the circus that is disguising itself as the BN-controlled parliament.

My country is really going to the dogs. Meanwhile we will continue to be embarrassed by the shit-assed antics of the silly fools who are governing the country! God, please save us!

1 comment:

Miikan said...

People are posting up "pray for mh370" and are then making fun of this bomoh ritual thing. Irony too strong.