Deputy Defence Minister should resign or be sacked for plunging government and country into greater credibility crisis in the long-running MH370 disaster


The Deputy Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Bakri should resign or be sacked for plunging the government and country into a greater credibility crisis in the long-running MH370 disaster.

Already, Malaysia is in the eye of the storm not only over the hitherto inexplicable 21-day disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft but the centre of an international hurricane over our crisis management with great distrust that the aggrieved families are not given all the relevant information.

As a Canadian media specialist has rightly pointed out, in the world of crisis communications, perceptions can be killers.

In these circumstances of an international crisis over our crisis management, it is just unacceptable that we have a bumbling and bungling Deputy Defence Minister who could be so irresponsible and reckless as to talk rubbish in Parliament on Wednesday, saying during the winding-up speech for the Defence Ministry in the debate on the motion of thanks for the royal address, that the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) did not attempt to intercept MH370 when it was detected on military radar off the Straits of Malacca on March 8 as the RMAF had “assumed” that the plane was ordered to turn back by flight traffic controllers.

It is not good enough for him to make a U-turn after more than 24 hours of shaming the RMAF, the government and the nation and say that his remarks in the Dewan Rakyat on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370’s turn back had been proven erroneous, and that it was based on his own assumptions.

Compounding his egregious error in Parliament, Abdul Rahim claimed yesterday that conclusive answers will only be available when the debris from the plane is found.

This is another “rubbish”. Is Abdul Rahim now claiming that unless the “black box” is recovered, it is not possible to find out why there were no follow-up actions by RMAF when MH370 disappeared from civilian radar but were detected by military radar?

This question remains unanswered, and its answer need not wait for the retrieval of the “black box”, as Parliament and Malaysians are entitled to know why there were no follow-up actions by both the RMAF and Civil Aviation air-traffic controllers in the early hours of March 8 when MH370 first disappeared into the skies!

As I have always maintained in Parliament and outside, the MH370 disaster must unite all mankind, not just Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, politics or nationality in the common mission to locate the plane and to pray for the safety of the 239 passengers and crew on board.

There can be no room for petty politics or differences. At the same time, the crisis should not be used to ignore or deflect the thousand-and-one-questions that have cropped up as a result of the 20-day MH 370 disaster – as up to now, nobody is closer to the answers as to what, how and why the series of disastrous MH370 events unfolded on March 8.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim has arranged for a briefing on the MH370 disaster for Pakatan Rakyat MPs by the acting Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hashim, on Tuesday night.

Together with other PR MPs, I will attend the briefing by Hishammuddin, to hear the latest updates of the MH370 disaster and to convey to him the burning questions about the MH370 crisis, not only in Malaysia but also world-wide.

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  1. #1 by pulau_sibu on Friday, 28 March 2014 - 11:45 am

    he was no better than the bomoh. a shame to malaysia!

  2. #2 by cemerlang on Friday, 28 March 2014 - 1:17 pm

    can they see anything ? you have to look to all resources in times like this but somebody will have to answer to the question of why was the plane not tagged

  3. #3 by omeqiu on Friday, 28 March 2014 - 2:54 pm

    Kit, you expect the Deputy Defence Minister to resign or be sacked, just like you expect the sun to rise from the west.

    • #4 by cemerlang on Friday, 28 March 2014 - 3:14 pm

      there is another post in some forgotten department.

  4. #5 by pulama on Friday, 28 March 2014 - 3:44 pm

    Don’t be too harsh. It could be his attempt to tell the truth.

  5. #6 by pulau_sibu on Friday, 28 March 2014 - 3:47 pm

    the international media should introduce all of our very high profile competent ministers

    • #7 by cemerlang on Friday, 28 March 2014 - 4:26 pm

      the plane or whatever that’s left has now shifted closer to the Australian shore

  6. #8 by waterfrontcoolie on Friday, 28 March 2014 - 4:08 pm

    After over a generation of slanted national education, what else can you expect? They all think this is still the Malaysian Garbage Politics where they can score points to convince their UMNO Division that they can speak on any topic notwithstanding the garbage sprouted out every time they speak. They are only concerned if Utusan Melayu may miss them in their headlines! Making fools of themselves is alright as long as they survive to become the Minister of even Longkang is okay!We have lost all self-respect!

  7. #9 by boh-liao on Friday, 28 March 2014 - 10:00 pm

    Ha, ha, ha – how can U treat Perkosa-UmnoB/BN kaki SERIOUS 1?
    They r so used 2 TELLING LIES what n shifting goal posts 2 suit themselves what; furthermore, they hv OSA, ISA, Seditious Act 2 protect themselves what
    NO BELIEVE? Just listen 2 Musa who finally exposed d TRUTH abt d KING liar MMK – pretending 2 b AWAY fr M’sia whenever he sent some1 2 do a DIRTY job
    So, dis blardi liar MMK is BOH hood n got others 2 do nasty tasks

    • #10 by cemerlang on Friday, 28 March 2014 - 11:06 pm

      whatever hood they are wearing, they have to start bringing in the debris or tangible evidence…people are bored with 1 big object to 300 debris to 700 debris but are not seeing or touching any…it is one thing to get people hopes up but crush it in the end and another to let people see it themselves and time will make them accept

  8. #11 by yhsiew on Friday, 28 March 2014 - 10:14 pm

    Dear PM, ministers and MPs, please do not flip-flop your words and promises. The whole world is watching closely on us at this juncture. Keep up the country’s trustworthiness.

    • #12 by cemerlang on Friday, 28 March 2014 - 11:08 pm

      yes, code share with southern china airline…yet another twist

  9. #13 by boh-liao on Friday, 28 March 2014 - 11:16 pm

    DAP also NOT any better what – has an MP who is “ugly, arrogant n downright stupid” (Segambut MP, another Lim)
    Some more a lawyer, Y so super dumb 1, even though he apologised n expressed deep regret 4 having made dat comment
    病从口入,祸从口出 Like dis also don’t know meh, want 2 b MP, tsk tsk tsk

  10. #14 by boh-liao on Saturday, 29 March 2014 - 12:41 am

    N now we got LYNAS rare earths products left scattered on KL-Kuantan federal road at Lanchang, Pahang
    NO PROBLEM 1, Lynas kept telling rakyat
    REALLY?
    Y not scatter them lor on roads in PUTRAJAYA

  11. #15 by boh-liao on Saturday, 29 March 2014 - 5:54 am

    4 ONCE, Perkosa-UmnoB/BN so-called “leaders” n their carefully selected appointees, based on their NEP criteria, hv d rare opportunity of being put on d WORLD LIMELIGHT daily 4 >3 WEEKS n counting

    Their performances n “leadership” quality r being SKRUtinised n evaluated by d entire world’s citizens, free REAL-TIME publicity, LIVE SHOW (reality TV) n RECORDED 4 posterity

    “All the world’s a stage,
    And all the men and women merely players;
    They have their exits and their entrances;
    And one man in his time plays many parts,
    His acts being seven ages.”
    William Shakespeare

    4 50+ years, Perkosa-UmnoB/BN kaki engineered 2 exclusively hv their kind 2 hog d limelight n 2 b on d pedestal
    GREAT, dis is their TIME n their SHOW
    N d SHOW has begun

    Listen, listen, listen: Perkosa-UmnoB/BN kaki, U can run, U can run / U can even go n search high n low 4 RM1.00 chickens / But you CAN’T HIDE / B careful WHAT U say 2 d world REAL TIME/ NO OSA, ISA 2 protect U / NO KDN publishing permit 2 threaten publishers in order 2 GAG them / NO purging of records n statements 2 your advantage / NO black inking over what U no like / NO sound like or look like apa nama itu or apa nama ini / U r on REALITY show n d WORLD is ur stage / OK, OK, OK!

    A totally DIFFERENT ball game, RIGHT?

    Stressed, right? (Well, after so much DESSERTS, STRESSED – obvious lor, palindrome mah)

    Some r displaying obvious signs n symptoms of PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) n psychosis
    Pls consult specialists 4 treatment, DON’T run AMOK

  12. #16 by winstony on Saturday, 29 March 2014 - 7:24 am

    Isn’t it a fact that Malaysians have sacked the federal government?
    The popular votes of GE13 showed that they have been sacked.

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