Hishammuddin should not have dishonoured Parliament by causing a parliamentary crack on the MH370 crisis when he should have presented a united national front in world’s largest-ever multi-national air-sea SAR


The Acting Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein should not have dishonoured Parliament by causing a parliamentary crack on the MH370 crisis when he should have presented a united national front in the world’s largest-ever 26-nation multi-national air-sea search-and-rescue (SAR) operation for the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft with 239 passengers and crew on board.

Over a hundred ships, helicopters and aircrafts as well as radar systems from 26 nations are involved in a SAR mission scouring two vast tracts of territories totaling 2.24 million sq nautical miles (about 7.68 million square kilometres) stretching from the southern Indian Ocean to Kazakhstan in the north to find the missing MH370 Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

The world’s largest-ever multi-national air-sea SAR, entering the 12th day after over 250 hours without any clue on the whereabouts of the aircraft or what happened on March 8, is in a race against time as there are only 18 days left for the search teams to locate the aircraft’s black box, the most important piece of aviation technology, as it will only transmit a signal for 30 days.

When Malaysia expects unprecedented international unity in the world’s largest-ever multi-national SAR operation, Malaysians and in particular the Malaysian Parliament must demonstrate unprecedented national unity in support of the SAR mission for the missing aircraft and not to present any parliamentary crack, division or disunity to the world on this issue.

Unfortunately, this is what Hishammuddin did when he held a “For Barisan Nasional MPs” briefing on the missing MH370 at Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral BallRoom last night – completely unmindful of the undesirable, unfortunate and untrue message he is beaming to the world that the Malaysian Parliament is divided into two camps on the MH370 SAR mission!

It is not that Hishammuddin had not been forewarned beforehand that he should not be partisan and give a “For BN MPs only” briefing, when he should be giving a briefing – in fact regular briefings – to all Malaysian MPs!

Hishammuddin himself knows that what he had done was both wrong and improper which is why he had come out with the lame excuse that Pakatan Rakyat MPs had not asked for a briefing – when he should know that both BN and PR MPs have spoken up about their concerns for the fate of the 239 passengers and crew onboard MH370.

In fact, Pakatan Rakyat through PAS MP for Pokok Sena Mahfuz Omar had even sought to have an urgent parliamentary debate on the MH370 crisis last week under Dewan Rakyat Standing Order 18(1) but this was not allowed.

Invitations for the MH370 “For BN MPs only” briefing at the Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral Ballroom was sent out in the name of the Acting Transport Minister, Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein – raising the question whether this was a BNBBC event or an official Transport Ministry function.

What are the costs of the event at the post hotel, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral Ballroom, and was it borne by the taxpayers through the Transport Ministry or by the BNBBC?

Why wasn’t the briefing, even “For BN MPs only” held in Parliament House, which would not have incurred the exorbitant costs of holding it in a post hotel like Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral Ballroom – which must have “cost a bomb”?

BN Beluran MP and Deputy Speaker Ronald Kiandee is quoted as saying that Hishammuddin said nothing extra at the briefing as “Everything said at the daily briefings was repeated last night. There was nothing new or special instructions given.”

Hishammuddin admitted as much after the Aloft “briefing” saying that he had only updated the BNBBC on the timeline of the events and had not shared confidential information beyond what the investigation team could divulge.

He said such information BN backbenchers received had also been released to the public.

If Hishammuddin had not revealed anything new at the “For BN MPs only” briefing, and only recycled information which had already been made public, what is the use of such a briefing for BN MPs?

If the Aloft “dinner briefing” is basically only a social event, why should the Department of Civil Aviations director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the MAS CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya and top generals from the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces be dragged to attend such social functions of BNBBC when their time should be very precious and critical in the 11th day of the world’s largest-ever multi-national air-sea SAR mission to locate MH370 and to save the 239 passengers and crew onboard?

In giving a briefing on MH370 crisis which is confined only to BN MPs only, and which is only a rehash what had already been announced at the MH370 crisis daily media conferences without anything new or extra, and tying down important officials from the DAC, Armed Forces and MAS in the SAR operation in the BNBBC social dinner, Hishammuddin has got his priorities all wrong.

I for one would not want to attend any briefing by Hishammuddin which is a rehash of what he and others had already publicly announced.

Hishammuddin should provide the government leadership in Parliament to enable all MPs, whether BN or PR, to play their role not only in giving full support to the SAR mission, but even more important, to subsequently conduct full investigations into the MH 370 tragedy so as to provide answers to the multitude of queries arising from numerous controversies and confusions surrounding the MH 370 crisis.

In my speech in Parliament last Thursday, I had suggested the immediate formation of a Parliamentary Select Committee on Disasters to give full support to MH 370 “search and rescue” operation and to hold itself in readiness to conduct investigations after SAR ops to address all queries on the MH 370 tragedy.

Is Hishammuddin prepared to provide government leadership in Parliament and support the establishment of such a Parliamentary Select Committee, including supporting an amendment to the Motion of Thanks on the Royal Address currently being debated in the House for the establishment of such a Parliamentary Select Committee?

(Media Statement in Parliament on Wednesday, 19th March 2014)

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  1. #1 by homeblogger on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 2:39 pm

    BN Government has something to hide from the world that’s why. Cover up?

    • #2 by cemerlang on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 4:09 pm

      Hiding from the world yet want help from the world

  2. #3 by Sallang on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 2:41 pm

    I had been following the several press conferences at 5.30 pm, unfortunately, was watching CCTV news, and when our Malaysian Malay reporters ask questions in Bahasa, the interpreter has to announce ‘in Malay language’.
    Surprisingly, our minister also answered in Bahasa, which the interpreter again say, in ‘Malay language’.
    Why can’t we speak international language in international press conference for the benefit of all that were present?
    China held their CCPPC or something like that, and they took the trouble to announce it in both English and Chinese languages. Why in English, when its their internal affairs?
    Its because the press of the whole world was there.

  3. #5 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 2:50 pm

    ///“For BN MPs only” briefing///

    How dare Hisham treats a national affair to be BN’s private affair?

    • #6 by cemerlang on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 4:11 pm

      By the time the affair is over, someone will have to leave too for negligence

  4. #7 by Justice Ipsofacto on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 4:06 pm

    He told the world that malaysians must put their political differences aside to deal with the crisis.

    Then he proceeded to hold a briefing which was specifically for MPs from umno & gang only, leaving out those MPs who were elected by 53% of the people in the country.

    Jibby ada “W”
    Keris pun ada “W”.

  5. #9 by pulau_sibu on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 6:34 pm

    how can one let boleh police touch the flight simulator? because of conspiracy theory, they will plant evidence into the computer, like planting anwar’s sperm into the dna data base.

    • #10 by cemerlang on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 11:49 pm

      What is the cut off time for the search and rescue considering the costs ?

  6. #11 by undertaker888 on Thursday, 20 March 2014 - 1:00 am

    umno goons are a bunch of losers. after 11 days with nothing to share except the size of the region to be searched, they are beginning to feel their ketuanan no longer relevant. it is like a bully getting punch in the face. with this exclusive meeting they are just syiok sendiri. patting themselves in the back convincing how good they were.

    well,.reality bites.

    • #12 by cemerlang on Thursday, 20 March 2014 - 4:28 am

      Help costs in a realistic world. Minimum. The petrol. The service men. Who is going to pay ?

  7. #13 by boh-liao on Thursday, 20 March 2014 - 1:01 am

    Mayb hishap wanted 2 say something SPECIAL 2 only d minority elected Perkosa-UmnoB/BN MPs
    4 their ears n eyes only
    A special stumpy ORDINARY HOUSEWIFE has taken off on a private luxurious JET 2 search, locate n rescue MH370 – a special mission of many possibilities

  8. #14 by Noble House on Thursday, 20 March 2014 - 3:44 am

    Anyone who have watched the sad and distressing scenes before the press briefing today would have felt angered with the way two distraught Chinese relatives were forcefully dragged away by the police. All they wanted to do was to speak to the Press and get some answers from the authorities.

    Don’t these people have any compassion at all? If at all given the one blunder after another wasn’t bad enough, consider this how much bad publicity it is going to bring.

  9. #15 by pulau_sibu on Thursday, 20 March 2014 - 6:46 am

    look at the agenda, it may be a well planted one to wipe out anwar. let’s wait and see.

    • #16 by Justice Ipsofacto on Thursday, 20 March 2014 - 8:18 am

      Of course umno wants to cook anwar using this ongoing crisis. Who does not know? But that move if executed would surely backfire on umno super mega big time.

      When the world is after the truth (committing men and machine; vessels and planes in unprecedented manner) it would suicidal and sheer stypidity for umno to go after anwar’s neck by planting evidence.

  10. #17 by Justice Ipsofacto on Thursday, 20 March 2014 - 8:19 am

    Then again who does not know that umno is stupid.

    Now that is worrying.

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