Why did Malaysia take a week to call off the search in the South China Sea if it already knew that the plane had flown west towards the Indian Ocean, wonders P Ramakrishnan.
The nation and its people have been traumatised by the mysterious disappearance of MH370 while on an overnight flight to Bejing. This mystery has not been solved in spite of the involvement of 26 countries deploying dozens of ships and planes to scour thousands of nautical miles of land and sea.
Today is the tenth day and we are clueless as to what happened. Has the plane crashed or landed? All the sophisticated technology deployed in the search has not yielded any results. How the person behind the controls of the plane managed to outwit radar and modern technology is baffling!
To compound the mystery, there is the tragedy of 239 lives whose fate is still unknown. Are they alive? Are they being held captive?
The friends and relatives of the passengers and crew are in agony and pain and very angry. They have complained of not being given adequate information for whatever reason. And all of them are suffering over the mysterious disappearance of the plane with their loved ones in it.
Was the plane hijacked? It is stated that it is no longer a theory but conclusive that it has indeed been hijacked. If so, by whom and for what purpose? Normally in cases involving hijacking there would be a demand for ransom. In this case there has been no such demand.
The British tabloid The Daily Mail has introduced a political angle to the disappearance of MH370. According to the tabloid, the pilot, Captain Zaharie Ahmad, may have hijacked the plane as a political protest against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s latest sodomy conviction.
If it was political retaliation, why hasn’t there been a political statement to that effect? Normally there would be a statement to drive home the message but in this case there was none.
There have been allegations that the Malaysian government has not been forthcoming with its evidence resulting in the wasted effort in scouring the China Sea for the wreckage of the plane. Malaysia came under criticism from China for squandering precious time and resources by releasing dramatic information on the fate of the plane a full week after it had vanished.
Why did Malaysia take a week to call off the search in the South China Sea if it already knew that the plane had doubled back and flown west towards the Indian Ocean? China’s state-run Xinhua news agency claimed that the Malaysian officials were guilty of an “intolerable” dereliction of duty.
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