How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?
Corruption is so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

With the international spotlight on us, we should have been more open and transparent

There is no doubt we are lacking in sophisticated equipment in Search and Rescue operations. Even if we do possess the latest equipment, we are likely to lack the necessary trained personnel to man them.

For the MH370 search, we are relying on 25 other countries' equipment and personnel in the hope it can help bring us closer to finding the missing plane which mystery in the almost total loss in communication can be described as unprecedented. Yet, there were reports of Malaysia's reluctance in sharing vital information. Even under such dire circumstances, our old habits of holding back information for the purpose of spinning later seem to die hard. I believe our lack of credibility stems from being opaque and vague in dissemination of information, despite having daily press conferences.

The following reports suggest so:

According to The Sun:

'A transcript of the radio telephony conversation between the co-pilot and Malaysian air traffic controllers that was published in a UK-based news portal is untrue.

Department of Civil Aviation's (DCA) director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said today that.the transcript of the cockpit communications published by The Telegraph ( is inaccurate.

He declined to say if it was partially or fully inaccurate when asked.

"We are unable to give details as the transcript is part of the investigations and cannot be revealed." he said.

It is learnt that investigators found nothing suspicious in the contents of the original transcript and the flow of conversation throughout the duration of communications was normal.


According to Hussein Hamid:

MH370 : Another reason why the world no longer believes what the Malaysian Government says.

'There have been criticism made of Malaysia's handling of the MH370 incident by China and many others as evident from the unfavorable comments in medias overseas. Following are two articles regarding the final cockpit communication from MH370. The first article is from Yahoo!7 and Agencies and the second one from FMT in Malaysia.

All Malaysia had to do to tell the world that what Malaysian authorities are saying is the truth is to release the transcript of the final cockpit communication but instead what Hishamuddin said was:
“The original transcript is with the investigation team. They need to analyse it, however, the details cannot be published to the media,”

“I can confirm to you that there was nothing abnormal in it,”

It would be more credible if Hishamuddin just release the transcript and end the speculation!

Does he not understand that his words are no longer believed by those inside and outside Malaysia?'

'Secondly, it appears that the loss of communication and subsequent change of MH370's direction occurred at the point where the air traffic control in Kuala Lumpur were to handover to those in Ho Chi Minh City.

"If I was going to steal the aeroplane, that would be the point I would do it," said Stephen Buzdygan, a former British Airways pilot.

"There might be a bit of dead space between the air traffic controllers. It was the only time during the flight they would maybe not have been able to be seen from the ground."

The development was reported in London's Telegraph, which claimed to have received no confirmation from authorities.

The Daily Telegraph has repeatedly asked Malaysia Airlines, Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority and the office of Najib Razak, the Malaysian prime minister, to confirm the communications record; only the prime minister's office responded, saying it would not release this data.'


According to Jeffrey FK Phang:

'In the MH370 case, the many answers given at the official press conferences border on misinformation.
No clear facts were stated as many were “still subject to official investigations”. No clear statement about the carriage of hazardous cargo – were they mangosteens or highly inflammable batteries?
If they were dangerous cargo, an elaboration of the security precautions taken in compliance with international requirements would be pacifying to the public.
This accumulation of unanswered and partly answered questions give rise to unhealthy speculations and rumours.
International press coverage on MH370 is forced to speculate even as we now hesitate to reveal our cargo manifest to aid the Australians in the SAR operation.'



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