CONSUMERIST: MH370, CNN & MEDIA SPINS AND REALITY?
It will be two years tomorrow – I remember awakened in the early hours of a cold day, in the UK to be told, we lost a plane!
The next few weeks was to give the world a rare glimpse, how silly, stupid, incompetent, selfish, self serving and totally unprofessional many trusted with authority were?
That we were surrounded by idiots!
But this is no usual tragedy, that is linked to crashes, terrorism, hijacking or containing the usual ingredients but one that was unusual!
The 227 passengers and 12 crew on board came from 14 different countries.
The youngest victim of tragedy was then only 23-months old Wang Moheng.
The oldest passenger 76.
But this plane load was different from the nod – go!
Four passengers who boarded were under special investigation for stolen and other passport-related issues, twenty passengers were involved in cutting edge electronic technology used for defense purposes, including electronic warfare, such as weapons that can “cloak” or make planes invisible, appearing to vanish, there were others who may have not been who they really were?
The majority, 154, were Chinese, while other passengers were from America, France, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, the Netherlands, India, Ukraine, Russia, Taiwan and Indonesia.
Sadly, seven of the passengers were children.
The flight took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia early in the morning, bound for Beijing.
At 1:19 a.m., as the plane was flying over the South China Sea, we are told that Malaysian air traffic controllers radioed the crew to contact controllers in Ho Chi Minh City for the onward flight through Vietnamese airspace.
The crew’s acknowledgment of the request was the last thing ever heard from MH370: “Good night Malaysian three-seven-zero.”
Shortly afterward, air traffic controllers in Vietnam airspace were calling out and checking giving out alerts while Malaysians went to sleep?
Malaysia lost contact with the plane somewhere over the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam.
To me there was herein even a breach of international protocol under the terms stipulated by the Operational Letter of Agreement between the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia and Vietnam Air Traffic Management!
Was there an inquiry and individuals reprimanded?
The aircraft’s transponder, which identifies the plane and relays details like altitude and speed to controllers, was alleged to have stopped transmitting and why?
MH370 seemingly disappeared without a trace or did it really?
Inexplicably, and to illustrate incompetence at the highest levels and at all levels of the command chain to which, none till today may have been reprimanded going against conventions, treatise and good governance and public accountability?
All right thinking, professional, sane individuals the world over must have been shocked flabbergasted when it was revealed by Malaysian authorities later that a military radar had tracked the plane as it inexplicably changed course, turned back to the west and flew across the Malaysian Peninsula, up the Strait of Malacca, before flying out of radar range at 2:14 a.m. and vanishing once again.
Why there was no official protocol response to such a reality, despite detecting MH370 on a rogue path, like sending up fighter jets scrambling – was never answered satisfactorily by any quarter – all covering for themselves and others in the chain of command in a land where free speech is looked upon as a ‘privilege’ rather than a constitutional right?
Why the secrecy?
Who are we protecting and at what costs?
I am also certain that in this age and time and with the sophistication of satellite technology and assets in the air and space for an airliner with 239 people on board to simply vanish is ridiculous!
The mystery of what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has gripped the world.
For the last two years the tabloids and media have had a field day disrespecting families that are still in a state of mourning and no closure with their many spins and theories, and claims of findings of debris even the media giants drawn to tragedy to raise their failing ratings!
For example media giants – CNN has seen its ratings soar by broadcasting nonstop coverage of the missing airplane.
An endless slide in CNN’s ratings and a perceptible drift in its command of the medium it pioneered, 24-hour cable news needed the kind of sustained traction and found it in MH370 vanishing?
Well done – Jeff Zucker, president and CEO of CNN!
But to my many friends globally, who have joined our resources to address this tragedy it is a betrayal of trust, a betrayal of what makes us human if we continue to stonewall, conspire to hid the truth or attempt to release or plant evidence in bits and pieces killing the living next of kin softly without closure!
And yes – tomorrow will be the second anniversary of the missing Flight MH370!
My friends and I have still many unanswered questions, even though there is naked silly boast with over 20 countries involved in the search over the last two years.
Till today I am concerned why there is no Royal Commission of Inquiry for this tragedy?
I am concerned why no white paper and debate in Parliament on this missing Boeing-777 matter?
I have asked also for a setting up of a SWAT Team of dedicated, professional, passionate team of local and foreign members of the civil society to conduct a comprehensive investigation into this matter funded by the 14 countries who have passengers on board!
Till today, embarrassingly there has only been one Interim Report published one year after the incident!
Is it not time and a professional response for another report by all authorities domestic and foreign, involved in the investigation – including the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation, the military, the police as well as the Joint Investigation Team and others?
Can I ask what has happened to the various issues of non-compliance and negligence highlighted in the interim first report?
What actions, if any, had been taken to make certain something like this will never happen again?
One final call!
Can I appeal to Jeff Zucker, president and CEO of CNN, if he could ask US President Barack Obama, if he could holding his Holy Bible in one hand answer a rather pertinent question?
I would word it as follows:
Mr President sir, can you please tell us, what really happened to MH370 that early hours of March 8th two years ago?