Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Still No Closure for MH370

The baffling mystery that surrounds the disappearance of the vanished MH370 is still no closer to a closure.

The Malaysia Airlines flight  went missing in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board, most of them China citizens, en route to Beijing from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.
 
On Monday, The Australian reported that ATSB chief commissioner Greg Hood invoked the Transport Safety Investigation Act to prevent the release of any information pertaining to its search for the missing plane. In fact, he had threatened employees who leaked any details related to MH370 to the public or a court with a two-year jail sentence.
 
Hood used the statute to reject a plea from the families of the Chinese passengers who perished on MH370 that he grant a Freedom of Information request from The Australian – with the families claiming failure to do so makes Australia complicit in a cover-up by the Malaysian government.
 
The documents sought from ATSB are the opinions of international experts, including from American and British air crash agencies, Boeing, aerospace group Thales, and British satellite group Inmarsat, about satellite data that automatically tracked the course of MH370.
 
It is said that some Australian Transport Safety Bureau officers are having second thoughts about the agency’s official line that MH370’s pilots were unconscious or dead at the end of the flight.
 
In February, ATSB general manager for strategic capability Colin McNamara had refused The Australian’s original FOI request, claiming release of the said information could “cause damage to the international relations of the commonwealth”.
 
Stop playing politics!!!
 
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad (left) made a call to have corruption and power abuse declared as the country's ‘public enemy No. 1’.
 
“The time has come for all parties to be up in arms to address this as it has become a national issue", he had urged on Monday.
 
He reiterated that every untoward incident in the country was linked closely to corruption and power abuse – and this is detrimental to the image of the nation. Whether drug trafficking, human trafficking, leakages in government funds, gambling, financial fraud, prostitution and turf wars.
 
He forgot to mention 1MDB.

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