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Thread: Governance: Incompetency through moronocracy - Malaysia’s authoritarian ways reflected in poor handling of missing MAS plane crisis, says paper

  1. #11
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    The tempurung is lifted! – Ice Cream Seller

    MARCH 13, 2014

    What a few days we have had! The world now sees what was beneath the tempurung that is Malaysia. All the jaguh kampung have had a rude awakening on the world's stage.

    As a Malaysian, I was embarrassed. Why? Let's be brutally frank and look at some issues:

    1) Most of the VIPs involved in the various press conferences did not have a 'presence'. Our Defense Minister was grinning when talking down to the media as though he was on some campaign trail.

    Granted, most were speaking English but they lent little confidence to the audience. Maybe in the Malay dailies they may have been portrayed as heroes of sorts (other than Ultraman). Clearly, a nation with a chip on its shoulder.

    2) Conflicting reports - one report says the Iranians came on their own passports and left on the stolen European ones. Today, Hisham says they came and left with the same passports.

    DCA chief said that 5 passengers missed the flight and the baggage off loaded. Then we are told it was 4 (and that they were replaced by standbys) and no baggage was unloaded.

    3) Vietnam is reported to have said twice that the plane turned West and that we never responded to those reports.

    If we do not have the courtesy to respond, how do we expect them to assist?

    4) Our air force says that the plane possibly flew across the peninsula and headed towards the Malacca Straits. Does this mean that foreign intruder aircraft could have done the same and we would not have known?

    Do our radars work or are they so sophisticated that we are unable to properly use them? Or are they overinflated purchases with obsolete technology?

    5) It was telling that MAS sent one Caucasian and one Malaysian Chinese to face the brunt of the hostile Chinese crowd in Beijing.
    No senior Malays available?

    6) As in most political crises that we have faced, the PM has rarely been showing his face.

    If the plane is found intact and the passengers all alive in some some remote island, I have no doubt that he will use that opportunity to take centre stage to make the announcement

    7) We were 'treated' to the farcial judicial proceedings involving Anwar and Karpal recently. Could they not move with the same haste and urgency in trying to locate the plane?

    Are our police still preoccupied looking out to prevent Chin Peng's ashes from being brought in?

    Incompetence and corruption. Say what you like, but beneath the tempurung, our immigration is something.

    Mongolians can come in without any trace. Iranians and others can leave on stolen passports. The Home Minister says European passport holders ought not to look like Asians (like him for example).

    If we apply his logic, the burly Sikh in our press conferences must be from India (or Southall ) and the Minister himself could pass off as a migrant from Java.

    Also tellingly, the Home Minister is not in any press conference. I dread to imagine him answering questions put forward by the BBC, CNN or Reuters.

    He won't get away with his famous quotes like DON'T PLAY FIRE WITH ME.

    9) When we have submarines that cannot do what they are supposed to do, radars that do not pick signals, security that don't detect stolen passports we resort to something brilliant - the Raja Bomoh.

    Won't these confuse Muslims or is it just one word that does. Jakim, Mufti Perak, apa macam?

    These are but some of the consequences of the policies we have clung on to in the name of wealth redistribution and new economic order.

    If this episode had happened 40 years ago, we would know that we we would have the best team to tackle the challenge.

    Unfortunately, the same are more likely to make up the team if this were to happen in Singapore today.

    Can we reflect on this and admit how badly off tangent this country has gone from where its true potential dictates?

    You can only talk down to your citizens for a limited time. With your tempurung blown away, all the naked incompetence, haughty talk, plain insecurity go on show to the whole world.

    Yesterday Dr Mahathir was lamenting that maybe Malaysia may not achieve (his) 2020 vision. Well, you can put that vision on MH370 and let's just wake up lah! – March 13, 2014.

    * This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

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    Malaysia Finds Managing Crisis Exposes Leadership Limits

    By Sharon Chen and Jason ScottMar 12, 2014 9:03 PM GMT+0800

    Malaysia, aspiring to become a developed nation in six years, is finding that more than 50 years under one coalition and tight control over information is a mismatch for handling a rapidly growing crisis followed across the world.

    China is calling on Malaysia to be more transparent as Prime Minister Najib Razak lets his cousin, Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, be the face of the investigation into why a Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (MAS) plane vanished on March 8. It was en route to Beijing with 239 people on board. Investigators from at least 12 countries are trying to locate the jet.

    Najib’s United Malays National Organisation leads the coalition governing the Southeast Asian nation. Only in recent years has it seen a move toward more competitive elections, in some districts, that put a premium on public speaking. The government’s lack of a clear message, compounded by a series of false leads on the plane’s whereabouts and questions on coordination, risks undermining its image internationally.

    “They’re handling a huge global issue as if it was domestic politics,” said Clive Kessler, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, who has analyzed the nation’s politics for half a century. “With the cause of the disappearance still unknown you can understand the need for discretion and caution but it’s being perceived in Malaysia and elsewhere in the region as a bid to hide the truth.”

    Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg
    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s United Malays National Organisation leads the... Read More

    ‘Doesn’t Work’

    Najib’s administration is sending the message that people should let the “government tell them what they need to know, when they need to know it, and not before,” Kessler said. “That’s the way they’ve acted for generations and they are starting to find out it doesn’t work anymore.”

    Many newspapers and television networks in Malaysia are controlled by the government directly or indirectly. And Najib, 60, has yet to make good on a pledge to replace the nation’s Sedition Act with legislation that would protect free speech while preventing incitement of religious or ethnic hatred. The law, which dates back to 1948 when Malaysia was under British control, mandates jail sentences of at least three years for words deemed seditious, including those that “excite dissatisfaction” against the government.

    Malaysia will do “whatever it takes” to find the plane, Hishammuddin told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today.

    “Our immediate focus is to find the aircraft,” he said. “Unless we get the aircraft and the blackbox, it’s unlikely that we are able to answer a lot of speculative issues that have been raised out there.”

    “We have been very consistent in what we have been saying in the last few days.”

    Search Continues

    Najib today called for a second briefing in two days with the search and rescue team, he said on Twitter. He requested a direct briefing by the relevant authorities after a parliament session yesterday, he said in an earlier post.
    Nations searching for the plane had little to go on with no distress calls or emergency-beacon signals. The hunt continued for a fifth day as planes and ships prowled waters on both sides of Peninsular Malaysia after failing to find debris along the jet’s route.
    The discovery that two passengers boarded the missing flight using stolen passports raised concern about Malaysia’s immigration security practices.

    “The Malaysian side cannot shirk its responsibilities,” the Global Times, a Chinese government-controlled newspaper, said in an editorial on March 10. “The initial response from Malaysia was not swift enough. There are loopholes in the work of Malaysia Airlines and security authorities.”

    Urging Malaysia

    Faced with pressure from families of the 153 Chinese nationals who were on the flight, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang for a second day yesterday noted the lack of progress in finding the Boeing Co. 777-200.

    “We once again request and urge the Malaysia side to enhance and strengthen rescue and searching efforts,” Qin told reporters in Beijing.

    “The Chinese government is under quite a lot of pressure,” said Xu Liping, senior fellow at the National Institute of International Strategy at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. Ordinary people in China feel the investigation “has not been professional.”

    Broader ties between Malaysia and China probably won’t suffer, he said, citing a phone conversation between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Najib on March 8 about the missing flight. “This channel has been unimpeded.”

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    China accounted for 8.262 billion ringgit ($2.52 billion) of Malaysia’s exports in January, the second-largest amount after Singapore. Malaysia approved $920 million of foreign investment from China in the manufacturing sector in 2013, up from $646 million the year earlier, according to the Malaysian Investment Development Authority. Najib’s government has a $444 billion 10-year plan to build roads, ports and utilities plants to elevate the country to developed-nation status by 2020.

    Vietnam expressed concern today about coordination in the search effort. Malaysia’s cooperation “has not been positive” and Malaysian officials are not responsive to requests for information, Transport Deputy Minister Pham Quy Tieu told reporters in Hanoi.

    It is understandable that Najib doesn’t want a high profile in this situation given his cautious personality, according to Joseph Liow, associate dean of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.

    ‘Chest Thumping’

    “He’s not one who would go to the front of the camera and do lots of chest thumping and wave the flag and all that without being certain that there’s substantive” progress in the investigation, Liow said. “Hisham is very different from his cousin. He’s someone who is not uncomfortable with the limelight,” he said, referring to Hishammuddin.

    Hishammuddin, 52, has been the acting minister since a general election last May. He is unable to formally take the role given internal coalition rules on which party assumes particular posts in cabinet.

    Other Asian leaders have faced questions for not reacting to crises immediately. Philippine President Benigno Aquino was criticized for taking two days to visit victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan last year. So was China’s former premier, Wen Jiabao, when he took more than two weeks to visit the site of the country’s worst snow storms in 50 years in 2008.

    Hurricane Katrina

    In the U.S., President George W. Bush was criticized for his handling of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 after he remained on vacation as New Orleans flooded. He cut short the break by two days to survey the damage from the air, something he later said was a “huge mistake” since it made him look “detached and uncaring.”

    Najib needs to assure Malaysians and the international community that his government is doing all it can, said Vishnu Varathan, an economist at Mizuho Bank Ltd. in Singapore.

    “What could have been done was the prime minister delegating the transport secretary to locating the plane and assigning one other person in charge of investigating the security breach and another to handle international relations,” he said. “It’s not easy to convey all that is happening in the background and the government needs to highlight these things.”

    Airline Statement

    Compounding the image that authorities leading the investigation are struggling to communicate effectively, Malaysian Airlines issued three versions of a press statement yesterday to correct several errors. One was a reference to an “expensive” rescue operation, which it meant to call “extensive.”

    “There are big issues -- transparency, information sharing, questions associated with security,” said Bridget Welsh, a political science professor at Singapore Management University. “They are not in control of the discussion and the problem is they’re not instilling confidence. Everyone wants to give them the benefit of the doubt but this is a crisis of credibility for the administration.”

    Najib postponed a trip to Mauritius, according to the state-run news service Bernama. He also metthe families of the crew from the missing plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, his press office said on Twitter on March 8.

    ‘Hisham’s Test’

    Najib’s office directed queries on China’s concerns about the handling of the incident to authorities involved in the investigation.

    Hishammuddin, who is also defense minister, was elected a vice president of UMNO in October, putting him in line to possibly succeed Najib. He is the nephew of Malaysia’s second prime minister, Najib’s father, Abdul Razak Hussein.

    “It’s a lack of experience, anybody would be tested,” said SMU’s Welsh. “This is Hisham’s test, and Najib’s government’s test.”

    To contact the reporters on this story: Sharon Chen in Singapore at; Jason Scott in Canberra at

    To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rosalind Mathieson; Anne Swardson at Neil Western


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    A grim report prepared by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces (GRU) on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is stating today that within 24-hours of this aircrafts “diversion” to the highly secretive Indian Ocean US military base located on the Diego Garcia atoll, no less than four flights, within the past week, containing top American and Chinese disease scientists and experts have, likewise, been flown to there.

    According to this report, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (also marketed as [COLOR=#CC0000 !important]China Southern Airlines
    flight 748 through a codeshare) was a scheduled passenger flight from Kuala Lumpur, [COLOR=#CC0000 !important]Malaysia[/COLOR], to Beijing, China, when on 8 March this Boeing 777-200ER aircraft “disappeared” in flight with 227[COLOR=#CC0000 !important]passengers[/COLOR] on board from 15 countries, most of whom were Chinese, and 12 crew members.

    As we had previously noted in our report “Russia “Puzzled” Over Malaysia Airlines “Capture” By US Navy,” the GRU had previously notified China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) of its suspicions regarding this flight due its containing a “highly suspicious” cargo that had been offloaded in theRepublic of Seychelles from the US-flagged container ship MV Maersk Alabama.

    First arousing the GRU’s concerns regarding this “highly suspicious” cargo, this report continues, was that after its unloading from the MV Maersk Alabama on 17 February, its then transfer to Seychelles International Airport where it was loaded on an Emirates flight bound for Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia, after first stopping over in Dubai, the two highly trained US Navy SEALS who were guarding it were found dead.

    The two US Navy SEALS protecting this “highly suspicious” cargo, Mark Daniel Kennedy, 43, and Jeffrey Keith Reynolds, 44, were found dead under “suspicious circumstances” aboard the MV Maersk Alabama, this report says, further raising Russian intelligence suspicions as they were both employed by the [COLOR=#CC0000 !important]Virginia Beach[/COLOR], Virginia-based maritime security firm The Trident Group which was founded by US Navy Special Operations Personnel (SEAL’s) and Senior US Naval Surface Warfare Officers and has long been known by the GRU to protect vital transfers of both atomic and biological materials throughout the world.

    Upon Flight 370’s departure from Malaysia on 8 March, this report continues, the GRU was notified by the MSS that they were going to divert it from its scheduled destination of Beijing to Haikou Meilan International Airport (HAK) located in Hainan Province (aka Hainan Island).

    Prior to this planes entering into People Liberation Army (PLA) protected zones of the South China Sea known as the Spratly Islands, however, this report continues, Flight 370 “significantly deviated” from its flight course and was tracked by VKO [COLOR=#CC0000 !important]satellites[/COLOR] and radar flying into the Indian Ocean region and completing its nearly 3,447 kilometer (2,142 miles) flight to Diego Garcia.

    In a confirmation of the GRU’s assertion that Flight 370 was, indeed, flown to Diego Garcia, this report says,satellite transmission data analyzed by US investigators showed that this planes most likely last-known position was in a zone about 1,609 kilometers (1,000 miles) west of Perth, [COLOR=#CC0000 !important]Australia[/COLOR] in the Indian Ocean..

    Most troubling to the GRU about Flight 370’s “diversion” to Diego Garcia, this report says, was that it was “nearly immediately” followed by some of the top disease scientists and experts from the United States Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention (CDC) and the Chinese Center forDisease Control and Prevention (CCDCP) embarking to Diego Garcia on at least four flights.

    As to why both American and Chinese disease experts were taken to Diego Garcia where Flight 370 is now known to be, this report says, has as yet not been answered by either of these governments after repeated Foreign Ministry requests for “explanations and clarification.”

    What is to be known, this report says, is that as Malaysia has been forced to admit Flight 370 was, indeed, “diverted” from its flight path as the GRU had previously reported, and as at least 25 nations are now involved in searching for it, it remains a mystery as to what is actually occurring.

    Also known, this report concludes, is that Diego Garcia as a designated ETOPS emergency landing site for flight planning purposes of commercial airliners transversing the Indian Ocean, and as one of 33 emergency landing sites worldwide for the NASA Space Shuttle, it is “inconceivable” that any type of aircraft, let alone Flight 370, can fly anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere without being tracked, monitored and recorded in totality.


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    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Remote Control Hijacking Technology is Public Knowledge for at Least 15 Years

    MAR 19

    Posted by truthnewsinternational1

    The fact that Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was taken over remote-controlled by rogue U.S.-government / U.S. military elements continues to be dismissed by a growing number of people and media outlets – because a person would actually have to be on board to hijack any plane – even though that technology is proven to have been developed and therefore exists.

    SEPTEMBER 27, 2001

    “Bush Announces New Airline Security Measures:

    • …The president said new security measures would also dramatically increase the number of plainclothes federal marshals on airplanes, give $500 million to developing enhanced cockpit security and enable air traffic controllers to take over a distressed aircraft and land it by remote control.”PBS

    APRIL 1999

    Airborne Early Warning Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

    • “Several strengths and weakness exist for the AEW UAV concept. The first strength involves cost. UAVs with only the “gather data” and “transmit data” elements (see Figure 2) would be relatively more inexpensive than the AWACS system—even though many would be needed since each would be relatively smaller/lighter and would probably lack the power needed to extend radar range as far as the traditional platform. Second, either Sub-concept 1 or 2 could 27 provide extended coverage by extending the AEW platforms’ orbit areas across the FEBA without placing an extremely expensive platform with a large crew in jeopardy. Third, with Sub-concept 2 (the hive principle), the sensor element of the high value asset becomes dispersed, which makes knocking out the “data gathering” function harder to achieve. On the other hand, there are weaknesses. The more capabilities added to the AEW UAV, the larger and more costly the platform becomes (Examples of additional capabilities are: ESM, remotely-controlled maintenance/optimization of mission systems, remote piloting capability, and extended range/endurance/altitude).”AU/ACSC

    DECEMBER 4, 2006

    “Boeing Wins Patent on Uninterruptible Autopilot System

    Boeing is, of course, not the first autopilot technology in existence, but this one has been designed with counterterrorism first and foremost in mind. Not only is it ‘uninterruptible’ — so that even a tortured pilot cannot turn it off — but it can be activated remotely via radio or satellite by government agencies.” -HSNW

    AUGUST 1, 2000

    “Saab reveals UAV concepts for internet-based warfare

    SAAB Technologies has unveiled concepts for medium-altitude strike reconnaissance and high-altitude airborne early warning (AEW) unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) as part of a proposed low-cost approach to an internet-based command and control network being developed for the Swedish defence forces
    All three UAV types would draw heavily on technology developed for Gripen. Command and control would be via an in-theatre battlefield network based on broadband communications using wireless Internet protocol (IP).
    Airborne trials, with wireless IP nodes fitted to Swedish Air Force Gripen aircraft as well as maritime and land-based platforms are to commence in 2005. The programme is intended to culminate in the fielding of operational systems in the 2010-2020 timeframe.”Flight Global
    It is safe to assume that the above Swedish technology is also used by the U.S. military. The followingU.S. government document at least indicates that there’s an active collaboration between the the two countries when it concerns military research and development information:

    • “… Recognizing that the Exchange of Notes constituting the General Security of Military Information Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden and the Government of the United States of America. which entered into force December 23, 1981, applies to this Agreement; Recognizing the successful collaboration under the Agreement between the Department of Defense of the United States of America and the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden Concerning Exchange of Research and Development Information (Short Title: Sweden-U.S.Master Information Exchange Agreement), which entered into force June 13, 1997, and the Information Exchange Annex D-05-SW-0002 Concerning Information Assurance, which entered into force December 7, 2005.”US Department of Defense

    MARCH 17, 2014

    Field McConnell’s (Abel Danger) Interview About Boeing’s Uninterruptible Autopilot System

    It was announced in 2007 that by 2009 all commercial jets from Boeing would have this UAS installed, that’s already 5 years ago.

    Again, that AWACS, even a remote-controlled version (AEW UAV), is perfectly capable of assisting in the remote-controlled takeover of any commercial jet by jamming radars and satellites is not a wild guess, its one of its standard applications. This is already known for many years, even by folks not affiliated with the military. It’s even been published numerous times in specialized publications. Even if you never read any of those you can still find this information in mainstream outlets online. The information is so common that it was already published for the public in at least 1986.

    Posted in Asia, False Flag, Psychological Operations

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    Author says search for MH370 shows Malaysia’s crisis of confidence

    MARCH 20, 2014

    Family members of passengers on board the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 write messages to their missing relative on a board at a hotel in Beijing, today. Tash Aw, a celebrate author, said that Putrajaya was criticised for its ponderous response and mishandling of information. – Reuters pic, March 20, 2014.

    It has been almost two weeks since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing, and it goes without saying that Putrajaya’s leadership has been under intense scrutiny from its own people, as well as the international community.

    Tash Aw, a celebrated Malaysian writer, wrote in an opinion piece published in The New York Times that while many appreciated the monumental task faced by the government in the search for the plane, the authorities’ ponderous response and mishandling of information have been heavily criticised.

    Aw said for many, the authorities' response to the crisis mirrors the way Malaysia is run.

    "Like many in Kuala Lumpur, I scrutinise every scrap of information relating to Flight 370. I am gripped by the story, not only because hundreds of lives are involved, but because of what its outcome will mean to perceptions of Malaysia.

    "As Malaysia navigates this tragedy in the glare of the world’s gaze, I anxiously await news of the plane and its passengers, and clues to the country’s evolution in the years ahead," he said.

    Aw said Malaysia now has a GDP per capita of over RM33,000, roughly twice that of Thailand and three times that of Indonesia.

    Cesar Pelli’s glorious Petronas Twin Towers, briefly the tallest buildings in the world, illuminate the Kuala Lumpur skyline.

    And Malaysia Airlines, whose fleet boasts the gigantic Airbus A380 and is one of a handful of 5-star-rated airlines, is central to the branding of this “New Malaysia.”

    "Yet confidence in our leadership is brittle, and it takes little for frustrations to boil over," he said.

    Aw said the rallying call of “Malaysia Boleh”, which translates roughly to “Malaysia Can Do It” or “Go, Malaysia", reflects a fragile self-confidence, revealing Malaysia’s sense of itself as superficially advanced but secretly lacking.

    "It tacitly acknowledges that skyscrapers and luxury malls cannot mask the gap between rich and poor (the widest in Southeast Asia), persistent ethnic tensions, a fraught democracy, and a wave of high-profile violent crimes."

    Aw, who has written three novels including most recently, “Five Star Billionaire”, said Barisan Nasional's dominance over both economic growth and controversial policies that confer significant advantages in education, business and government on ethnic Malays, who make up some 60% of the population, has prompted allegations of corruption, cronyism and complacency.

    These allegations, he said, are levelled particularly at government-owned companies, such as Malaysia Airlines, which posted losses of almost RM1.2 billion in 2013.

    "Kuala Lumpur and Penang have seen dramatic rises in crime over the past decade. Some critics fault the BN’s policies for alienating minority groups and point to its seeming inability to manage a police force widely viewed as corrupt and ineffectual," Aw said.

    He said support for the government is eroding and critics complained that any attempts to effect change are frequently stifled.

    Aw said many see opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's conviction for sodomy, which coincidentally took place a day before the disappearance of flight MH370, as being politically motivated.

    The court's decision, which overturned a previous acquittal, left Anwar ineligible to run in the Kajang by-election on Sunday which Aw said would have given the opposition leader considerable national influence if he had won.

    Aw said apart from showcasing the country’s internal vulnerabilities, the disappearance of Flight 370 had also underlined China’s increasing influence on Malaysia.

    China is Malaysia’s largest trading partner while Malaysia is China’s third most important Asian market after Japan and South Korea.

    "That two-thirds of the passengers on flight MH370 were Mainland Chinese underscores the strength of current ties," he said, adding that some people, however, fear that Malaysia’s handling of the crisis will damage blossoming socioeconomic ties.

    Two days after the aircraft disappeared, the frustrated Chinese government had demanded that Malaysian authorities “step up their efforts” to find the missing plane.

    "How China, caught between anger and grief, exerts its considerable influence in the days and weeks to come will hint at its long-term strategy in the region," Aw said. – March 20, 2014.

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    Umno-BN's culture of DISHONESTY catches up: Malaysia’s lack of transparency - The Australian

    MALAYSIA’S chaotic and confused handling of the search for flight MH370, marked from the time of its disappearance by inaccurate and contradictory information, has done the country no credit and contributed immeasurably to the agony of the family and friends of passengers and crew. The inconsistencies and discrepancies in accounts of events that may otherwise have helped locate the missing aircraft were most starkly demonstrated when Prime Minister Najib Razak finally confirmed on Saturday, a week into the huge international search and rescue effort, what the news media had known for days: that MH370, bound for Beijing, had done a wide U-turn and headed in the opposite direction, flying for six hours or more over northern Malaysia and the Strait of Malacca.

    The errant flight, as it passed over the Malaysian mainland, showed up as a blip on Malaysian air force radar, yet nothing was done. Malaysia sought the help of countries in the region, including Australia, to search the Gulf of Thailand. When reports emerged that the aircraft had turned in the opposite direction, they were denied. Valuable days were lost. China demanded that Malaysia be “more forthcoming” with information. But it has done the opposite of that, starting with obfuscation over two passengers travelling on stolen passports, and open conflict between officials who insisted for three days that baggage was removed before take-off when five passengers did not board, only to have that declared false by the police chief. News conferences given by Malaysian officials have become farcical.

    A ruling elite in power since independence in 1957 that has long regarded itself as above scrutiny has shown itself incompetent in dealing with a major crisis that involves something other than simply cracking down on political opponents such as opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. Malaysia deserves better than what one of the country’s news outlets describes as the “festival of wrong information”. So, too, do those awaiting word on the fate of loved ones, and countries that have deployed enormous resources to try to help solve the mystery.

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    Missing airliner complicates Obama’s plans to visit and increase ties with Malaysia

    By David Nakamura, Friday, March 21, 1:53 AM

    Barack Obama is set to become the first sitting U.S. president in nearly 50 years to visit Malaysia, but the plans are now complicated by the international uproar over the nation’s uneven response to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

    The long-planned trip, part of a week-long Asia swing in late April, is aimed at broadening U.S. ties with a country that Obama praised last fall as an emerging economic hub and a tolerant majority­-Muslim nation.

    But then came Flight MH370, which appeared to drop off the face of the Earth on March 8 and has not been located despite an intense multinational hunt. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government has delivered incomplete and conflicting information during the search and, at times, has rebuffed U.S. offers of help.

    The clumsy, uncertain performance has frustrated some U.S. officials and drawn rebukes from China, whose growing clout is a central reason for the Obama administration’s interest in the region.

    For a White House eager to highlight shared values with a country that has long viewed the United States skeptically, the crisis has instead highlighted the vast differences between the nations. The airline debacle also comes on the heels of a decision two weeks ago by a Malaysian court to overturn the acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges and return him to jail, a decision decried by human rights advocates.

    “The Malaysian government has been seen as less than ready for prime time on the world stage,” said James R. Keith, who served as U.S. ambassador to Malaysia from 2007 to 2010. “The thoughtful conclusion to draw from that is that the ruling coalition hasn’t really been tested by the give-and-take of democratic politics. And the Malaysian Air issue stands as a shorthand or symbol for the lack of maturity of civil society in Malaysia and the lack of accountability and transparency of the government.”

    White House officials reject that analysis, contending that the cooperation between the United States and Malaysia during a crisis with little precedent has provided new opportunities to develop and strengthen partnerships in the region. Obama is also scheduled to visit U.S. allies Japan, South Korea and the Philippines during the trip.

    The White House has struck a measured and supportive tone, in stark contrast to Beijing’s strident criticism. In an interview with a Fox affiliate in Dallas on Wednesday, Obama said the administration has “put every resource we have available at the disposal of the search process. We are working in close cooperation with the Malaysian government.

    “Part of the challenge is when you have a lot of unanswered questions, people start speculating and that gets reported as news,” Obama said. “This is a tough situation.”

    Obama was scheduled to visit Malaysia last fall during a trip to four Southeast Asian nations, including delivering remarks at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur. The gathering was part of an annual program that Obama launched during a speech in Cairo in 2009 aimed at encouraging Muslims to engage in the global economy.

    But the president canceled his trip to the region in the midst of the 16-day partial federal government shutdown during his budget fight with Congress. In a video message for the summit, Obama hailed Malaysia’s “dynamic economy” as an “engine for regional prosperity” and held up the country’s “diversity, tolerance and progress as a model to other countries.”

    The cancellation, which also meant pulling out of a pair of regional economic and security summits in neighboring countries, was viewed as a major setback for the administration’s attempt to reorient its foreign policy focus, away from the Middle East and toward Asia. The administration views Southeast Asia’s fast-growing economy and nascent democratic values as opportunities for the United States to gain influence in the face of a rising China.

    The U.S. relationship with Malaysia — which was already distrustful — soured further during the George W. Bush administration’s war on terror, which many in the country viewed as anti-Muslim. Although Malaysia has a nominal democracy, it has been ruled by the same party for six decades, and its leaders have often used anti-American rhetoric to whip up nationalist fervor and consolidate power.

    Najib, who became prime minister in early 2009 around the time that Obama entered the White House, took a more moderate approach. He met privately with Obama in Washington in April 2010 while world leaders were in town for a nuclear summit. Najib has supported free-market economic policies and nonproliferation and counterterrorism efforts.

    “The overriding and dominant image and narrative of this trip is embracing Malaysia at a time in which it is stepping up and modernizing,” said a senior Obama administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the president’s visit.

    “Malaysia has done a better job boosting its public image in Washington, and Obama wants to pay that back a little bit,” said Joshua Kurlantzick, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. “But it’s a fine balance. The U.S. is not particularly popular in Malaysia. Obama will go there and show he appreciates the relationship, but at the same time he cannot be too lavishing.”

    Last fall, the administration had hoped to focus its message on the economic partnerships between Malaysia and the United States. But even before Flight MH370 went missing, there were new complications: Congressional Democrats have refused to support Obama’s push to win expedited trade deal authority in hopes of finalizing negotiations on a 12-nation pact called the Trans­-Pacific Partnership, a linchpin of the administration’s Asia policy push.

    With that pact in doubt, Obama’s agenda could be overshadowed by security concerns related to Flight MH370 and human rights questions raised in the case of Anwar, the opposition leader.

    In the meantime, Beijing has flexed its military might to challenge fishing and shipping lanes in the South China Sea. Analysts said the Chinese criticism over the airline crisis could inflame regional tensions and cause the Obama administration further headaches.

    “There were a lot of Chinese on that plane. And there’s a national angst that feeds into Beijing’s narrative that sees Southeast Asia as weak and incapable, and that it’s part of China’s responsibility,” said Ernest Bower, Southeast Asia analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “That’s exactly not the kind of stand we want to see from China.”

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    Malaysia’s Deep Political Rifts Exposed Amid Mystery of Missing Flight



    A building in Kuala Lumpur displayed a message about the flight whose disappearance has become a heated political issue. CreditLai Seng Sin/Associated Press

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    The authorities have not released radar data showing the plane’s track across Malaysia after it broke contact and veered off its original course. Nor have they released the possible locations of five of the six hourly satellite pings that the aircraft transmitted after it left Malaysian airspace, or published a timeline of precisely when various systems on the plane, a Boeing 777-200, ceased to function.

    The Search Area West of Australia

    New computer models of possible flight paths suggested that the plane may have gone down in the southern Indian Ocean when it ran out of fuel.
    Position of satellite that received last known signal from plane.
    Red line represents possible positions of the plane when it transmitted its last signal to the satellite.

    A map released by the Australian government describes these two lines as possible flight paths.
    Possible positions were expanded on a map released by Malaysia on Monday(dotted red line).

    Australia’s planned search area on March 18

    Lim Guan Eng, the leader of Malaysia’s largest opposition party and the chief minister of Penang, an affluent state in northwest Malaysia, strongly criticized the government for the announcement about the data deletions from the pilot’s simulator. Mr. Lim said that it was unfair to the pilot, who is unable to defend himself.

    “It’s not fair to make or even impute any hidden motive until you have clear and irrefutable evidence,” he said. “Does it help us get closer to finding the plane?”
    But James Chin, a professor of political science at the Kuala Lumpur campus of Monash University, said that the opposition faced considerable risks in defending the pilot.
    “The opposition will pay a very, very heavy political price if it turns out that the pilot was involved,” he said.

    Although financially troubled, state-controlled Malaysia Airlines is a national symbol, and its pilots and flight attendants have tended to enjoy broad public support. Dr. Chin said that so far, social media postings within Malaysia have indicated widespread skepticism that the pilot was involved in deliberately diverting the plane.

    In a sign of broad public distrust of the governing party, which has been in power since the country’s independence in 1957, the most talked-about theory about the plane on Malaysian social media has nothing do with the pilot: Dr. Chin said many people were posting that they believed that the plane was hijacked, and that the government was keeping it a secret while negotiating for the release of hostages.

    Dr. Chin said he did not believe that theory.

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    Families of Missing Passengers Speak Out

    Relatives of Chinese passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 demanded answers about the missing plane.

    The pilot, Mr. Zaharie, volunteered to work on last year’s successful re-election campaign of Sivarasa Rasiah, an opposition member of Parliament who represents his district.

    Mr. Zaharie is also related to the daughter-in-law of Anwar Ibrahim, a politician who, since the late 1990s, has united the fractious opposition with calls for greater democracy and for a blend of multiculturalism with respect for Islamic values.

    Mr. Sivarasa, like other opposition politicians, has criticized the government for having been slow to seek foreign help in the search for the plane and for releasing limited and sometimes contradictory information about the investigation.

    The opposition received a narrow majority of the popular vote in national elections last May, but did not win a majority of the seats in Parliament because the boundaries of voting districts do not fully reflect the urbanization of the country and give disproportionate influence to rural voters, who tend to favor the governing party.

    The government contends that it is leaving partisanship aside as it presses ahead with the hunt for the jetliner and for an explanation of what happened. “The search for MH370 is bigger than politics; I urge all Malaysians to put their divisions aside,” Mr. Hishammuddin, who is also the acting transportation minister, said Tuesday.

    After he announced the file deletion from the flight simulator, Mr. Hishammuddin also said Wednesday that all of the flight’s crew and passengers “remain innocent until proven otherwise.”

    Even so, Fuziah Salleh, one of the four vice presidents of Mr. Anwar’s political party, complained that the authorities’ focus on Mr. Zaharie was in part a maneuver meant to tie the opposition to the aircraft’s disappearance. “There’s a joke in Malaysia that if anything goes wrong, it’s Anwar’s fault,” she said.

    Flight 370

    The sequence of events known by the authorities, in local times.

    Mar. 8, 2014 12:41 a.m.

    A Boeing 777-200 operated by Malaysia Airlines leaves Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing with 227 passengers, of which two-thirds are Chinese, and a Malaysian crew of 12.

    The mystery of Flight 370 comes at a tumultuous time in Malaysian politics. Mr. Anwar’s wife is the president of his party, the second-largest opposition party after Mr. Lim’s, and she is running for a seat in the state assembly of Selangor, the country’s largest and most affluent state, which surrounds Kuala Lumpur. The hotly contested by-election is set for Sunday.
    Mr. Anwar is formally only an adviser to his party after repeated prosecutions by the government on charges of sodomy — charges that the opposition and human rights groups have described as a political vendetta against him by the governing party. The day before Flight 370 disappeared, Mr. Anwar wassentenced to five more years in prison for another sodomy conviction, though he was then released on bail while his appeal is pending.

    Unlike Mr. Anwar, Mr. Lim has no personal connection to the pilot, but he, too, has voiced support.

    “It’s just not logical for the pilot, who has everything going for him, to make this decision,” Mr. Lim said in an interview at his offices, which are in the tallest skyscraper in George Town, the principal city of Penang, on the Strait of Malacca.

    “What if he ends up to be a victim?” Mr. Lim asked. “It’s terrible.”

    Opposition parties have already introduced a motion in Parliament seeking to force the government to discuss its handling of the flight’s disappearance, only to have the pro-government speaker block debate.

    Mr. Lim said that the opposition would probably try again after the by-election on Sunday.

    Mr. Hishammuddin said last weekend that any assessment of whether more could have been done in the early hours and days after the flight’s disappearance, particularly by the military, should wait until the search had been completed.

    He bristled visibly on Tuesday when a foreign journalist asked him whether he was related to Prime Minister Najib Razak, and whether such a connection might give him political protection.

    “Najib is my cousin,” he said. “I don’t know what I’m supposed to be protected from.”

    Kirk Semple contributed reporting from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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    She has hit the nail on the head.

    The reign of arrogance may finally be coming to an end. When foreign newsmen converged on Malaysia to cover MH370, the incident shone a spotlight on our ministers, military leaders and the heads of institutions. Local reporters are used to being fobbed off with a combination of excuses and lies. Ironically it is MH370 and its international coverage which will seal our government’s fate.

    Uno Malaysia to expose hidden truth of ‘The Secret Room’

    Last updated on 22/03/2014 - 09:39
    Posted on 22/03/2014 - 09:30

    Mariam Mokhtar

    OUTSPOKEN: The horde of foreign newsmen gathered in Kuala Lumpur the past two weeks accomplished something which international observers, who are tasked with monitoring Malaysian elections and reporting on the workings of the democratic process, have been unable to. The reporters asked probing questions and refused to be fobbed off with inane answers. Within days, the details of flight MH370 which Malaysian leaders wanted to hide from the world have been laid bare.
    Past protests by the rakyat have proven ineffective in eliciting change. The Malaysian government consistently shrugs off allegations of power abuse, corruption and injustice. According to the authorities, Malaysia is a fully functioning democracy, its laws intact and its people happy.

    The reign of arrogance may finally be coming to an end. When foreign newsmen converged on Malaysia to cover MH370, the incident shone a spotlight on our ministers, military leaders and the heads of institutions. Local reporters are used to being fobbed off with a combination of excuses and lies. Ironically it is MH370 and its international coverage which will seal our government’s fate.

    Leaders have been caught fumbling, like primary school children being asked to explain why their school work has not been submitted. The handling and crisis management have been marred by incompetence, retractions and delays. Previous lies and cover-ups are now exposed in spectacular fashion. It is ironic that the Malaysian trademark, MAS, which is itself the product of poor management and inefficient use of public funds, has laid bare the workings of an inept government.
    Questions about police investigations and the role of the IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar are significant. Khalid has brought disrepute to the few principled men in the force, who we still respect for their dedication to duty. Khalid’s incompetence, which was exposed when he was questioned about the stolen passports used by two Iranians on MH370, showed that he was clearly out of his depth. He will have to learn the meaning of the words “taking responsibility”.

    His response, which angered Malaysians and the international community, was “Why ask me? Ask Immigration or ask Interpol.”

    The arrogant Khalid, whose police force allegedly acts as a personal service for Umno-Baru, wilted under international scrutiny. Umno-Baru is unchallenged each time it decides to bully ordinary citizens, but its reign might finally be coming to an end.

    The international community has finally been shown an inept Malaysian government. At the same time, much work must also be done to increase awareness among Malaysians, both students and professionals, living overseas. Some of these people are unaware of what happens in their own homeland. Others live in denial.

    These ill-informed Malaysians will receive a significant insight into their country’s problems, when in late March and early April a group of Malaysian activists will travel throughout England and give performances, and present talks to Malaysian audiences.

    The gang of activists comprises six young men and one woman, and will be led by the veteran activist and comedian, Hishammuddin Rais. “Uno Malaysia” is a Political and Cultural Exhibition which hopes to influence Malaysian minds. Uno Malaysia poses a strong challenge to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s now defunct “One Malaysia”. Student activist Adam Adli is also part of Uno Malaysia.

    The student organisation, “Kesatuan Penuntut Undang-undang Malaysia di United Kingdom dan Eire” (KPUM) or “United Kingdom and Eire Law Students Union”, together with Suaram International will promote Uno Malaysia’s series of talks, forums and workshops at various universities in England, to spread awareness among Malaysians. (

    Uno Malaysia will perform a play called “Bilik Sulit”, (The Secret Chamber), which depicts the suffering of those who were detained under the ISA. National laureate Datuk A Samad Said described the motive behind the play as, “They (the authorities) are trying to maintain their power in an easy way, they pick you up, they do not allow a trial and then they torture you.”

    Uno Malaysia will receive a significant boost when Mat Sabu from PAS joins some of the events. An exhibition of Zunar’s cartoons will also be staged.

    The activists hope to explore the topics of racism, religion, student activism, women’s and environmental issues, and how these issues are used to create divisions in Malaysian society. They believe that staging plays can make Malaysians more aware of the political environment. Uno Malaysia will encourage student participation and involvement in the country. The student activists will also attempt to learn from the experiences of the students in UK.

    MH370 opened the eyes of the world to the decades of abuse, to which ordinary, loyal and law-abiding citizens have been subjected by Umno-Baru, their BN partners, and their cronies.

    MH370 must be the turning point for Malaysia and all Malaysians, but the push by “Uno Malaysia” may provide the final onslaught from which Umno-Baru will never recover.

    Mariam Mokhtar is "a Malaysian who dares to speak the truth."


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    Azly Rahman: The end game of Karma.

    1:44PM Mar 20, 2014 Chaos, karma and MH370

    Waking up this morning I wrote this, concerning the fate of MH370:

    in karma there is chaos
    in kudrat there is iradat
    in qada’ there is qadar
    in randomness there is order
    in silence there are screams no one will ever hear
    in the falling of a tree in a forest there is no sound heard
    in seeds of hope there are microbes of destructive forces
    in memory there is forgetfulness
    in history there is fractal geometry
    in the rustle of language there is the violence of semantics

    in 1414 these were not made to manifest
    because the protagonist of the story and the antagonist are one
    in the longest story told
    whilst the white noise
    of chaos
    plays in the background...

    If there is a watershed, a tipping point, or an apocalypse now to the limits of the neo-feudalistic culture of information suppression and cult of secrecy of Malaysia’s ruling elite, it is in this case of the missing aircraft MH370. In this case of international proportions lies Malaysia’s swan song - her chaos and karma in one.

    Chaos Theory, drawn out of quantum mechanics and metaphysics or bio-cybernetics of living things in which an occurrence that seems to be an isolated case and random, may have its origin in an orderly pattern whose seed of its design contains both force of construction and destruction.

    Karma is a concept borrowed from the Hindu-Buddhist philosophy signifying a rebirth or a reincarnation or even a reward or retribution governed by the Law of Manu or loosely put, the ‘wheel of life’.

    We reap what we sow and as a government the ruling regime, too, may have followed such a pattern of randomness and order and is undergoing karma, judging by the hellish time the international media is giving the country in its attempt to arrive at an explanation of what is the truth is behind the story of the missing MH370; signified and symbolised as a ‘national carrier’ and hence representing the Malaysian government itself.

    It is a ‘butterfly effect’ of an arrogant, well-guarded and well-deployed act of patronage especially in the way information is monopolised and how freedom of information, free speech, and freedom of the press is handled.

    A cult of government secrecy

    The ripples that created the waves from the flapping of the wings of a butterfly during the feudal times of the Malacca kingdom has travelled through space of time and traversed multiple epochs to create a cult of governmental secrecy and a culture of political repression used to suppress dissenting views, and now only to be faced with a karmic situation of epic proportions.

    The truth behind the fall of Malacca, the truly legitimate rulers of the Malay kingdom, the reasons behind the countless usurpations between and amongst the degenerative rulers, the conspiracies of the traditional rulers with the colonial powers, real story of the interregnum, the deal made circa the granting of Independence, the riots of May 13, 1969, the many political murders unresolved, the numerous high-profile corruption cases still unresolved and the culprits unpunished, right till the brutal murder of the French-speaking Mongolian arms negotiator - these will never be known.

    But all these are narratives useful as data for the chaos and complexity theory applied to the fractal-geometric evolution of the cult of secrecy leading to the inability for this regime to handle an international investigative audience whose culture is that of transparency and accountability.

    The butterfly effect is here. Herein lies the effect of a degenerative culture of monopolising and manipulating information that existed even in feudal times - when the sultans of Malacca monopolised knowledge and asked the subjects or the ‘hamba sahaya’ to kow tow to them in the name of the ‘divine right of kings’ or the ideology of ‘daulat’ in which those ruled must be ruled by force and coercion and must never question the feudal rulers’ wishes, commands, and intention.

    The international media is demanding all-out transparency and the current regime is learning to abide by the demands.

    This is a moment of the deconstruction of the space of knowledge and power and the realisation by the public that the ruling regime cannot subscribe to its own Law of Manu in a post-modern weltanschauung or worldview that demands high-speed access to timely information on a case so crucial to the future of air travel safety specifically and to international standards of the cult of knowing and to the global citizens’ right to information, in general.

    This is Malaysia's swan song - a poetic justice moment of a karma.

    Years of putting many in jail without trial, destroying the power of the independent judiciary, silencing the academics, punishing university students for speaking up, waging war on dissenting views, obsession with the big-time economic ideology of monopoly capitalism via a hideous form of crypto-chronic-crony-cultural-capitalism of half-baked Friedmanistic-run-wild form of neo-liberalism deployed liberally to support race-based political ideology - this is where our moment of chaos and karma meets.

    It takes a missing plane to craft Malaysia’s newly-found need to totally dismantle her culture of secrecy. A sartor resartus of a post-modern informational sensibility.

    It is time to make peace with ourselves. As a nation, we are imploding - this time while the world is watching.

    DR AZLY RAHMAN, born in Singapore and grew up in Johor Baru, holds a Columbia University (New York City) doctorate in International Education Development and Masters degrees in four areas: Education, International Affairs, Peace Studies and Communication. He has taught more than 40 courses in six different departments and has written more than 350 analyses on Malaysia. His teaching experience in Malaysia and the United States spans over a wide range of subjects, from elementary to graduate education. He has edited and authored four books; Multiethnic Malaysia: Past, Present, Future (2009), Thesis on Cyberjaya: Hegemony and Utopianism in a Southeast Asian State (2012), The Allah Controversy and Other Essays on Malaysian Hypermodernity (2013), and the latest Dark Spring: Ideological Roots of Malaysia's GE-13 (2013). He currently resides in the United States. Twitter, blog.


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