Questions about crisis management, like why the PM and acting Transport Minister not informed immediately when MH370 went missing but only after several crucial hours later, will have to wait as top priority now is to find aircraft and address the grief of bereaved relatives

The last 24 hours had been a very distraught time not only for the bereaved relatives and friends of the 239 passengers and crew on Malaysia Airlines’ MH370 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, but to people in the whole world as the passengers involved 14 different nationalities.

When I first read of the shocking news some 24 hours ago, I tweeted a local online report by The Malaysian Insider “MAS says ‘lost contact’ with plane carrying 239 passengers” and an international news report in The Los Angeles Times “Malaysia Airlines says flight to Beijing missing” – as this is not just a national concern, but a riveting international mishap.

For the last 24 hours, I joined not only Malaysians but people world-wide hoping and praying that the 239 passengers and crew of MH 370 would miraculously survive their ordeal.

The missing MH370 flight and the fate of the 239 people on board dominated the thoughts of all the Pakatan Rakyat leaders and members who attended the Pakatan Rakyat Fifth Convention, and although Parliamentary Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and DAP National Organising Secretary Anthony Loke were the only two leaders to touch on the ongoing search for the MH370 in their speeches, the Convention was united in their unspoken prayers and hopes that 239 people on board the MH370 would able to pull through safely.

After 24 hours, one would have to face up to the reality that something terrible had happened in the tragedy of MH370.

There are many questions about crisis management, for instance, why the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the acting Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein were not informed immediately when the MH370 with 239 people on board went missing as they only knew about it several crucial hours later, and why a Search and Rescue Operation (SAR) mission was not initiated within an hour of a “missing” aircraft as delays will result in SAR aircraft equipped with systems like forward-looking infrared being unable to detect the “heat signature” from the engine fuselage and bodies.

But these critical questions about crisis management, as well as the actual cause of the “missing” MH370, will have to wait as the top priority now is to find the aircraft and to address the grief of bereaved relatives and friends over the tragedy which had befallen the 239 passengers and crew of MH370.

At this hour of greatest grief and trial for the relatives and friends of the 239 passengers and crew aboard the MH370, MAS and the Malaysian government are duty-bound to do whatever is possible to lighten their grief and sorrow.

I join all Malaysians, and I believe the common humanity world-wide, to extend the deepest condolences to the bereaved relatives and friends of the 239 passengers and crew of MH370, and pray that they find the strength from the support of Malaysians and like-minded people world-wide to face their great grief and trial.

  1. #1 by bruno on Sunday, 9 March 2014 - 9:28 am

    If the people are angry enough to vent their anger,at the Umno/BN with a clear message that enough is enough,poor Mei Fun would actually lose her deposit.In these present days in the land of the bolehs never say never as anything is possible.

  2. #2 by bruno on Sunday, 9 March 2014 - 9:32 am

    Very soon in the land of the bolehs,Malaysians will be seeing kangaroos jumping around like jack rabbits.With the compliments from the “kangaroo courts”.

  3. #3 by bruno on Sunday, 9 March 2014 - 9:38 am

    The above two comments are supposed to be for call on Kajang voters and not for this article.My appologies.

  4. #4 by bruno on Sunday, 9 March 2014 - 9:46 am

    What we can only do is to offer our prayers to the families of the passengers,pray and hope for a miracle.

  5. #5 by boh-liao on Sunday, 9 March 2014 - 10:29 am

    Must SALUTE/hormat d EVER PUBLICITY-SEEKING najis’ char bor
    A crisis involved d national carrier n NAJIS was NOT informed 1st hand n at d 1st instance
    Najis’ char bor knew abt d missing plane 1st n then SHE INFORMED najis
    Wah alu eh, dis confirmed what rakyat suspected all dis time dat najis’ char bor is d TRUE peeM of dis 1DERful land

    • #6 by cemerlang on Sunday, 9 March 2014 - 10:44 am

      what is the time frame before you inform your boss ? right on the dot when the plane disappeared from the radar ? don’t bosses sit glued to the mass media, social media to know the latest happenings ? just exactly what do you do from 8 am till 5 pm ? nowadays the handphone is the smartest communication tool around.

  6. #7 by boh-liao on Sunday, 9 March 2014 - 10:42 am

    1 major Q:
    Does dis 1DERful land has 1DERful submarines dat CAN submerge? Or, they r still UNSINKABLE n cannot take part in search-n-locate operation (just in case MH370 had gone down under d sea near Vietnam)

    Now, our neighbour, d little red dot is offering a submarine support-rescue vessel n divers 2 arsist in d search-n-locate operation, in addition 2 an RSAF C130 Hercules aircraft 2 help search 4 flight MH370

    • #8 by cemerlang on Sunday, 9 March 2014 - 10:46 am

      US destroyer sent for rescue mission. Even Singapore is there now. Did the news mentioned our assets are sent also, or only on standby ?

  7. #9 by boh-liao on Sunday, 9 March 2014 - 10:49 am

    Wonder what actions did Perkosa n many other ultra-Muslim NGOs (those dat shake butts, offer rewards 2 slap another human) offer 2 help 2 search n locate d plane n 2 counsel affected family members

  8. #10 by Di Shi Jiu on Sunday, 9 March 2014 - 11:00 am

    Mr Lim,

    You have 100% of my support on this call for all kind and decent Malaysians to offer our condolences to those affected by this tragedy.

    All recriminations, finger pointing, political point scoring should be set aside and Malaysians should unite for a brief moment to mourn this awful event.

  9. #11 by Just_True on Sunday, 9 March 2014 - 2:18 pm

    Well said, Di Shi Jiu. This is a sad day for all of us in Malaysia, even more so for those whose loved ones were on flight MH370. In a time like this, let us reflect & stand together with the bereaved families.

  10. #12 by pulau_sibu on Sunday, 9 March 2014 - 5:43 pm

    before it was our jet engines went missing and now the 777 went missing.

    the government seemed to have no clue. only surrendering and let others do the rescue for us. how capable is this boleh government?

    you think people will board mas again? no wonder rosmah wanted a private jet for her trip.

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