Thursday, March 27, 2014

MH370: Whatever Happens Now, Najib Should Step Down And Tender His Cabinet's Resignation

I had cautioned against accepting any announcement, at face value, by the Najib Administration on the fate of the Mas MH370 flight to Being that never was.

There have been too many contradictions, too much fumbling and many  about-turns and a confounding reluctance to divulge information that might have helped in the search for answers to the mystery of the flight's disappearance to inspire any confidence in the government's handling of the matter.

Even on the matter of the flight cargo manifest, they had been less than forthcoming to say the least.

At first, it was a cargo of mangosteen. Then reluctantly, when pressed, lithium ion batteries. Well, we might never know the full story.

Even as to the cargo of mangosteen, discerning Malaysians are understandably skeptical. The fruit is a seasonal one here. March is not the mangosteen season. Even if kept refrigerated, they keep well only for about a month or so.

Suddenly, on the 'finding' of a private satellite entity the Pm, with uncharacteristic alacrity for once, appeared in person to announce that Flight MH370 had ended in the southern Indian Ocean and that all was lost.

He didn't even stay to take questions from the press. Why? Was he afraid of being caught wanting and speechless? Shouldn't he be confident of himself? Surely the world, and especially the families and relatives of those on the ill-fated flight, deserved more than a bare announcement of doom, after waiting painfully all the while, for some semblance of coherence from those who were supposed to be better placed to know what had happened to the flight's baffling disappearance?

Without any debris to identify that the flight had indeed crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, it is hard for anyone to accept the 'beyond reasonable doubt' conclusion that the Pm referred to in his announcement.

When you are dealing with people's fate and lives, you are not talking about 'reasonable doubts'. You are talking about 'beyond any doubt'.

For all we know, someone might have been wrong on their 'finding' as to the flight's actual path, 'Doppler effect' or not.

Whatever happens now, Najib should just honourably  resign and tender his Cabinet's resignation and call for fresh general election to show that he still enjoys the rakyat's support and confidence.

If, afterwards, the people still support and vote you in, you could tell the rest of the world to go fly kite and stop bugging you!

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