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Monday, 10 March 2014

MH370 and our Crisis Management

Our thoughts and sympathies are with the relatives of the passengers and crew of MH370. But until today, we have not received straight answers from Malaysian authorities. The social network has been inundated with wishes of condolences and prayers. The anguish is insurmountable made worse by evasive answers from Malaysian authorities. This is a collective grief shared by all.
The whole country is enraged.  We know that MAS is doing everything possible to console families of the missing persons. It will expend every possible resource. While we agonize, the MAS people are manning the crisis centre every minute.
No, we are not playing the blame game but a lot of questions need answering. Its not the time to sweep things under the carpet either. Our Crisis management for example. The resources at our disposal.
Our crisis management is in tatters. We don’t have a Ghazali Shafie who handled the hijacking from the Japanese Red Army. Hishamudin as usual speaks like the stupid jock that he is.  Just now I heard that he is stating that the Chinese authorities are satisfied with the work the Malaysian authorities are doing.
Hah? I was also reading as did others, a pro-Beijing newspaper lashing out at Malaysian authorities for their lackadaisical attitude in handling this matter. An UMNO supporter even uploaded an aerial photo showing many ships in Singapore harbour to show that Malaysia has mustered so many ‘assets’ to conduct its search and rescue. Malaysia must be desperate.
One feels that Malaysian authorities are more eager to manage its public relations persona than taking the bull by its horns. Answers are not forthcoming and the media statement given by Ahmad Jauhari Yahya is not explaining anything.
If news is not coming out fast and truthful enough, can the IGP stop people from scouring for news on the internet news portals? If they do are they committing a crime? If the government is incapable to give straight answers, we earn the right to look elsewhere.
I was listening over the radio while driving from Raub. Journalists were asking MAS top brass and the chief of Air force for details on the ill-fated flight. Until there is a closure and definitive answer, we are hoping for the best and preparing for the worse. Why can’t we get straight answers from MAS or the DCA or the Transport minister? Every twist suggested by spotted-face journalists was eaten up by the interviewer as an escape route enabling them to say, we don’t discount this and that.
The revelation that two passengers used stolen passports was eagerly taken up by authorities to entertain the idea of a possible terrorist act. This is no laughing matter.
Some vague readings on whatever, are taken up as possibilities that the aircraft made a turnaround. We spent more than RM100 million equipping DCA with the latest technical surveillance and tracking system, we can’t still point out where the plane was. We spent an equal amount of money for the immigration; our officers cannot differentiate an Asiatic face from a Caucasian’s.  This is like not being able to differentiate spaghetti from kebab.
Our journalists not trained to be sharp did not take up on this issue. I heard a voice from a Caucasian asking the air force general did the statement that the plane made a turnaround supported by readings on the radar whereupon, the air force general went out in a circular manner without actually answering the question.
When asked about assets used to conduct search and rescue, the general and the MAS CEO can only aver that the number of assets was increased. Where are our RM9 billion patrol vessels? Where are our vessels built by Amin Shah later taken over by Boustead? Can’t we despatch our famed submarines?
But what exactly are the assets used on our Malaysian side? Search and rescue of this kind require sophisticated under water detection capabilities. Do we have these? Instead we seem to rely on Singapore assets and Australian assets. What about all those ships which we bought at humungous costs? Where are they?
So can the government please answer us straight- are our assets mission capable? How many did we employ?
While it’s commendable, it’s also laughable that now it’s emerging that the assets we are going to use are 1778 deep sea fishing boats owned by our fishermen.  
Power to Awang the Fisherman. That was a title of a chapter in a book I read in standard one. Ah Chong the market gardener and Ramasamy the rubber tapper.


Anonymous,  10 March 2014 at 21:42  

Hahahahhaha what else to say Datuk as though we are watching Raja Lawak in action PC. ATC radar cost millions but kosong...what about our Air Defense Radar hihihi...out of this situation our enemy will say easy meet they got no eyes...we bought millions...and here come the generals bullshitting. Since it is so glaring that we are ill prepared in responding...Najib must be toying with a new idea...which he is good at.
Malaysia in CNN for the wrong reasons.

Anonymous,  10 March 2014 at 22:11  

You are just whining, Awang the fisherman is more noble than you, you're doing nothing but complain... Shame on you

Anonymous,  10 March 2014 at 22:34  

Memang tak ada kelas. It is clear manifestation of the imcompetency of the bn to handle crisis of this nature. Lembab dan lemah sekali. Right from the minister up to the dg of dca. Bercakap macam budak lepasan spm. Lansung tak tahu nak handle press. Ths is the standard of malaysian civil service.

Anonymous,  10 March 2014 at 22:46  

typical of DAPigs, menagok di air yang keroh!!!

Anonymous,  10 March 2014 at 23:14  

What do you expect when our BN government are run by a group of idiots,incompetent,corrupted & useless people?

Anonymous,  10 March 2014 at 23:49  

I tend to agree with anon 22:34 on the manner in which the DCA DG handles the press. He seems to be overwhelmed by the whole situation and somehow his explanation does not exudes confidence. I think Hishamuddin handles the press much better than the DG. I cringe everytime the DG comes on the telly and he seems so nervous.

But to say that the government is not handling it professionally is not fair. They are sincere in their efforts and first and foremost they are not politicians.

Suci Dalam Debu 11 March 2014 at 00:03  

They can all learn from Malala, only 16, on how to speak.

Ariff Sabri 11 March 2014 at 00:09  

many are missing the point here. the issue here is crisis management and the resources which the government seems reluctant to reveal.
as to the dedication and by extension the professionalism of all personnel, we are not belittling them. they are under tremendous pressure.
the vermin who calls me a typical dapig is surely not unaware that there are attempts by umno people to link this sad episode to anwar ibrahim.

Anonymous,  11 March 2014 at 03:21  

Saya tonton berita pesawat MH370 melalui CNN pada pukul 7.00 pagi pada hari MH370 tu hilang. Pada pukul 9.00 pagi CNN/BBC siarkan ucapan Menteri Luar China bersabit kehilangan MH370 serta penumpang2nya.

Saya dok tunggu bila pula Pak Menteri kita nak buat statement...haram siapa pun tak buat, sehinggalah pukul 3.00 petang baru Hishamuddin tunjuk mukanya di kaca TV.

CNN sepanjang hari tersebut membuat liputan MH370 ini sebagai Breaking News nya, tapi bila saya buka TV kita, sikit punya bagus hiburan,drama dll di sana sini.

Saya rasa malu melihat telatah seteesen2 TV yang tak ambil berat banding dengan CNN/BBC/AlJazeera.

Lagi memalukan standard laporan pasal tragedy MH370 oleh setesen2 TV kita berbanding dengan TV luar negara.

Menteri Penerangan dok tidur kot???

Anonymous,  11 March 2014 at 08:33  

Just yesterday I was discussing with friends about the state of our crisis managemeng standards and stonewalling the press. In comparison the foreign news channels gave all the coverage they can. The issue is that without hardfacts oir athorities are mummed on giving any updates adding more stress and anxiety to the general public. MAS reputation musg have sunked to all time low. I suspect that being mummed tantamounts to being clueless. Even if the plane can't be located anywhere hour by hour updates musg be reported. I do not see the crisis management is at the level best especially in terms of updating the Chinese majority passengers' family in Beijing airport. They have completely lost trust in MAS. This is not good as in the eyes of the world we looked to be incapable of handling crisis. However I can't blame them as the mysteriousness of the missing plane adds to the dilemma and anxiety to everyone concerned. The assistance provided by so many nations and our fishermen show that we are using all assets possible eventhough you may have pointed out on the shortcomings of our nations SAR assets and misspent and wasted defence budget.

Anonymous,  11 March 2014 at 08:44  

Mungkin si vermin tu tak mengerti, kena guna

ano 03:21, tak heran tumpuan menteri-menteri ke atas - batal - ke bawah lubang ... orang-orang lain.

Nah, Zahid Hamid dah bantai pegawai-pegawai imigresen,"I am still puzzled how come (Immigration Officers) CANNOT THINK: an Italian and Austrian BUT with Asian features."

Datuk Aloyah Mamat, DG Jabatan Imigresen, tak boleh cakap apa-apa nanti kena tindakan disiplin.

Kesian pegawai awam yang makan gaji bulan kerap kena sembah orang politik.

Anonymous,  11 March 2014 at 10:46  

The government spent billions on war ships and submarines. Where are they. Hisham said the submarines cannot be used for S & R mission. Then what is it for?
Are they all malfunctioning and kept in the scrap yard?

Anonymous,  11 March 2014 at 11:42  

U have the heart, did you not already see Najib and wife cried on TV, visiting the passengers family? Is that not enough?? What else do you want PM to do?

Anonymous,  11 March 2014 at 11:57  

You are a real pig. May you rot in Hell.

Anonymous,  11 March 2014 at 11:59  

Bukan saja tidur tapi tak tahu nak mengatasi krisi ini. Memang semua orang yang tak berguna.

bumi-non-malay 11 March 2014 at 13:48  

At least now Malaysia have a glimpse of the inept and incompetence of UMNO-BN With sultan /Agong approval the handling of UMNO-Sulu -Abu Sayaf Terrorist WAR in Sabah.....

We do not need Tragedy to see the Rubbish of UMNO....60 years is a Tragedy for Malaysian to not have kicked UMNO-BN out in year 20 after independence......Looks like more suffering and laughing stock Malaysian will be....Let the migration to Sabah-Sarawak start today...then sack UMNO-BN there for a more competent management of money, resources, education life,....

This is about Crisis Management....what has been highlighted is that UMNO-BN with Sultan-Agong Approval tries to overwhelm those media session with Utusex, NSTP, STAR and UMNO-BN Brain washed Jambanlist......when a foreigner journalist ask a question....Mampus....err...ahhhh.......we cannot confirm...still investigating, I don't know, cakaplah dalam English....... this is an international issues.... Mampus UMNO Hina Malaysia!!!!....

Anonymous,  11 March 2014 at 18:46  

"Our journalists not trained to be sharp..."
No, more likely they daren't ask real probing questions for fear of being arrested, reprimanded or their newspaper permit be withdrawn. They can only ask 'correct' questions.

Anonymous,  11 March 2014 at 19:48

Now they tell us! Four days later, they give us this detail. Were significant assets diverted to that area then, or were our efforts more akin to taking potshots at the side of a barn and hoping to hit something?

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