FINDING MH370 (9M-MRO) – CLOSURE IN SIGHT?

‘I am sure with the new ‘breakthrough’ and ‘Intel’ last week, thanks to the dedication, contribution and sacrifice of certain individuals from 7 countries, we will now depart from the disinformation/communication/spin coup of certain players, media practitioners and their attempted trial by media and blame game’ to finally find the resting place of what used to be MH370 (9M-MRO)!’

FINDING MH370 (9M-MRO) – CLOSURE IN SIGHT?

Today it’s September 30 and it will be more than four years since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared.

Four years since, I was alerted that several of my very close friends and others, had not come home.
And four years, my life is still upside down.

Four years of roller-coaster mysteries, myths, claims, counter-claims, projections, counter-projections and worst of all, super-bickering, vulgarities and all things unpleasant.

In these four years, so many actors and actresses all claimed to serve the cause.

In these four years, some have started running unregistered NGOs and making speeches in Malaysia over MH370.

In these four years, some had set up twitter and Facebook accounts just to defame and attack me using vulgarities, presuppositions and superlatives of the worst kind!

They are now being also monitored by the security apparatus!

In the four years, debris collectors and planters have not handed over all that was acquired under various pretenses.

Some were handed over to the Malaysian authorities and others still retained illegally by these groups and individuals who do not have the legal right to withhold information.

These individuals, alleged to be Australians and this, if true, we hold the Australian government responsible to see that the alleged debris – MH370 passengers’ possessions and items – are returned to us so that we can address and attempt to piece together what really happened.

I also raise the need to question those claiming to have found these items and ask them to make affidavits as to how, where, why and by what means they were acquired.

There seem to be far too many secrets here.

For far too long, we have allowed these third parties to run wild managing this narrative instead of us Malaysians doing it.

Also, for some strange reason, during these high dramas – we Malaysians were told that a site in Perth will honor the 239 people on board when the plane went missing in 2014 and recognize Australia’s role in the failed recovery mission?

Seriously, Australia decides?

Is Australia the epicenter of this tragedy or are they, basically busybodies?

Relatives have condemned the idea of a memorial, for the fear that it may be more of a tourist attraction or a curse.

There were 14 country representations on the flight and more than two-thirds of those on board were from China which lies more than 5,000km (3,100 miles) from Perth!

There are allegations that the Chinese relatives only found out about the memorial from media reports.

And responded by writing an open letter to the Australian government in January calling for the plans to be scrapped!

They have not received a response.

I cannot understand why Australia in the past was attempting to be the decision maker in such Malaysian state matters?

The missing aircraft belongs to Malaysia, the crew is ours, legally and otherwise and even international law points that it is our responsibility – not Australia’s.

So in the interest of all concerned and common decency Australia, please stop.

I am certain Malaysia will initiate in this matter, in due course, as the last search came to an end in June.

I am sure with the new breakthrough and ‘Intel’ last week, thanks to the dedication, contribution and sacrifice of certain individuals from 7 countries, we will now depart from the disinformation/communication/spin coup of certain players, media practitioners and their attempted trial by media and blame game’ to finally find the resting place of what used to be MH370 (9M-MRO)!

Yes, you read correct – what is believed to be the resting place of 9M-MRO!

We will update our Prime Minister on his return from abroad and seek his instructions in all going forward measures!

I am certain our Ministry of Transport, Defense and certain stakeholders will play a critical role in attempting to solve what was once considered an aviation mystery, once the instructions is given from the highest level in the Malaysian political and decision making hierarchy!

We have spent huge personal funds of our own in these four years in this breakthrough – and seek among others – three requests:

1. Once the wreckage is identified conclusively, salvage operations commence accordingly and the next of kin are updated.

2. Preparations are made for the religious ceremonies and a memorial be built after consultation with representatives from the 14 countries, perhaps at KLIA in Malaysia?

3. Finally, those who made this possible from 7 countries, be not forgotten but be duly compensated by the Malaysian government, especially, the team of eye witnesses to this aviation tragedy!

SO WHAT IS THE LATEST ON THE NO MORE CABOTAGE FOR SABAH & SARAWAK STATEMENT OF 2017 ASKS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD HUMAN RIGHTS & CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE.

“Could you just imagine how speedily and with reduced costs it would be for vessels from say Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and other emerging markets to go direct to Sarawak, Labuan and Sabah.”

SO WHAT IS THE LATEST ON THE NO MORE CABOTAGE FOR SABAH & SARAWAK STATEMENT OF 2017 ASKS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD HUMAN RIGHTS & CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE.

When it was announced I stated quite clearly over various talk shows on the mainstream media that the announcement was both timely and just the right tonic!

I am certain that the demography in Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan would have been just delighted.

But since the announcement and the tsunami of May 9th 2018 what is he progress report if any?

When it made the headlines that were brilliant news as it was one of the premier issues that we have been addressing with our counterparts in Sabah and Sarawak to address the escalation of cost of living and services.

If the promise had been carried out it would have help reduce logistics and transportation costs, and lower the cost of doing business in Sabah and Sarawak, which would in turn bring down the cost of living.

But the pertinent question is has it or was it implemented?

Could you just imagine how speedily and with reduced costs it would be for vessels from say Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and other emerging markets to go direct to Sarawak, Labuan and Sabah.

The consumerist in me says that to be effective the announcement must mean that all foreign ships must be able to bring cargo directly to ports in the Borneo regions, thereby allowing people there to access goods from international markets without having them brought via peninsula Malaysia as is the practice now.

To me this is like it was during the occupation or as a colony of our political masters pre-independence.
If addressed and driven in a comprehensive and professional manner I am certain it will help reduce the costs of products imported into the region.

The impact of the negatively infamous cabotage policy is that only vessels registered in Malaysia are allowed to load and unload cargo in the ports of Malaysia.

I am certain it was politically engineered so that Port Klang could be the container hub port in Malaysia.

This is despite facts staring at our faces that this policy results in the pushing up the cost of freight charges because of the creation of a conduit.

Inexplicably, it is the same with present various procurement which pushes up the price between 30 to 50 percent in monitored conditions and in others, it is criminally unacceptable which also acts as a breeding ground for corruption.

A direct negotiation between the state and international parties should be the way to go forward.

Of course, that will be killing off the corrupt, the cronies, the gravy train which feeds political greed and obesity in many tiers and forms.

Several issues need to be addressed

However, again the consumerist and public policy analyst in me asks for the policy to take effect and be effective several issues need to be addressed.

Now what are the mechanisms that need to be implemented for this wave to take root and bring holistic change to Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan?

First, is there a high-powered task force already in place to fast-track this initiative?

I am certain that there are indeed major and minor legislation that either has to be scrapped, bypassed or introduced to again fast track this initiative if it is still being considered and not dead on announcement?

Off the cuff, there will be others, but I can think that we may need to address the provisions of Section 65 of the Marine Ordinance Act which seriously fans out that any foreign vessels wishing to engage with local shipping or handle cargo must have a domestic license approved and issued by the Transport Ministry.

So has there been an announcement to the effect that Section 65 is now redundant or superseded by another that opens the floodgates to allow foreign vessels to come in to Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan?

This is not all.

For the vessels to come in we need to address that massive upgrading and deepening of the ports at Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan be fast-tracked and allocations be sent to address this, like we have to upgrade ports in peninsula Malaysia.

One final word!

We must also take cognizance that the removal of cabotage policy will not do much to reduce costs of goods in Sabah and Sarawak, if, this important and timely announcement is not accompanied by a series of proactive moves among them, to pump in monies to start a major industrialization programs and activities in these states.

We must make certain that there is two-way traffic of goods coming in and coming out from these states.
It would be absolutely foolish, actually stupid, if vessels going in come out empty.

We need to seriously look at present transport and delivery infrastructure and logistic needs and not fear to pump the financial resources to upgrade them.

This is pertinent for the movement and delivery of consumer goods and services and to open up the states for more comprehensive economic activity.

Yes, certainly what is needed is just not the announcement but a comprehensive policy and development initiative tailored according to each state’s strengths, weaknesses, interest, and needs.

Failing which, I fear third parties may spin and defame a noble effort which if still not implemented need fast track implementation and I pray the new man at the Transport Ministry and my dear friends in super power positions there as well will advise the Minister to revisit this statement so that we can go forward and this may be another great accomplishment of the new government and tenants at Putrajaya.

MORE DRACONIAN STRUCTURAL CHANGES NEEDED TO ADDRESS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER & CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE! (Part 2 – High Society Players)

‘But this is all hollow, if there are other high powered and established sexual predators, pedophiles, closet pedophiles, homosexuals lose, on the political ladder, shielded and protected by double standards, partisan support and disgusting behavior!’

MORE DRACONIAN STRUCTURAL CHANGES NEEDED TO ADDRESS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER & CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE! (Part 2 – High Society Players)

In the US a political game is being orchestrated and played over a Supreme Court Nominee while earlier allegations against the top man in that country still goes unanswered in the alleged “land of the free?”

But stars that have fallen recently, include my idol of the 60’s series – ‘I Spy!’

Yes, Bill Cosby was led off to prison in handcuffs today sentenced to three to 10 years behind bars for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman.

The punishment made him the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison and all but completed the dizzying, late-in-life fall from grace for the comedian, former TV star and breaker of racial barriers.

Bill Cosby showed little emotion and no remorse during his sentencing.

At this defining moment in his life, there were no family members or former cast mates with him for moral support.

There are reports that the court was filled, though, with several of his accusers who sat in the rows behind Andrea Constand.

That Model Janice Dickenson clapped her hands in anticipation and joy, others quietly held hands.

Their relief was evident when his sentence was finally read out.

This was a moment they never thought possible.

And they had front seats to witness it.

I was not taken aback by the learned judge’s remarks as he stated:

“It is time for justice.

Mr Cosby, this has all circled back to you.
The time has come!”

Inexplicably I was surprised that Judge Steven O’Neill quoted from victim Andrea Constand’s own statement to the court, in which she said Cosby took her “beautiful, young spirit and crushed it”.

I was not surprised that Cosby, 81, declined the opportunity to speak before the sentence came down, and afterwards sat smiling, laughing and chatting with his defense team.

Like all of us defense lawyers – Cosby’s lawyers had asked that he be allowed to remain free on bail while he appeals against his conviction, but the judge appeared incredulous and ordered him locked up immediately, saying that “he could quite possibly be a danger to the community”.

Not surprised Bill removed his watch, tie and jacket and walked out in a white dress shirt, his hands cuffed in front of him.

But this is all hollow if there are other high powered and established sexual predators, pedophiles, closet pedophiles, homosexuals lose, on the political ladder, shielded and protected by double standards, partisan support and disgusting behavior!

MANPOWER – ITS BUSINESS AS USUAL WITH THE RETURN OF THE RASCALS – SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST & HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE DR JACOB GEORGE!

‘My call to the Malaysian government is freeze all manpower approvals for a year!
Use the year to re-look at the end to end process and using Singapore as an example!’

MANPOWER – ITS BUSINESS AS USUAL WITH THE RETURN OF THE RASCALS – SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST & HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE DR JACOB GEORGE!

One country’s politicians are masquerading as if they are the beacons of self-righteousness, as they cried ‘wolf’ stating that they are boycotting Malaysia as an outpost for their workers!

The new man in that hot seat got carried away played into the hands of these shenanigans!

If anyone is an authority on the entire process and politics of foreign workers engagement, it is me!

I was the architect who facilitated not one but several accreditation processes with both the top brass of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Human Resources and the short lived Internal Security Ministry!

The government has changed but the senior civil servants are still there go check and validate!

I am aware of the currents both above the ground and below, the politics played, the symbiotic relationship between politicians, manpower agents, manpower associations and double faced players and stakeholders not just in the resource countries but in Malaysia!

First of all Manpower is super big business venture!

Everyone has a finger in this product read foreign worker – from manpower agents, runners, their conduits within the system, politicians, and Human resources departments, directors of companies applying for approvals – that is super shocking!

Even owners of these factories are alleged to be asking for kickbacks in the form of levy payments from agents, prostitutes when they visit the country for interviews, 5 star hotels and grandiose treatment!

Everyone though they deny get a cut and to catch them is super difficult!

It is like the procurement department of a MNC though they have all the guidelines, their own internal investigators, “Mata-Mata”, their impotent legal department stationed in numerous countries and trying to act smart when they are actually super stupid!

Deals are still made from transportation, purchases, construction, hostel rentals, to renovations!
Many of these MNCs have an internal ‘mafia’ all part the deal!

Now back to the main issue – first we must understand that there is no such thing as a “Gurkha Security Guards” anymore for what you have now are boys and farmers who use fake credentials masquerading as the former!

There are also two contracts signed and that is an open secret as all stakeholders have a hand in it!

The same with general workers as each and every players and conduit in the manpower process from the interior to the time they get to fly gets their hands greased!

I ran a tight ‘free Visa Free Ticket – G2G Outfit’ but even there below the radar there was activity as even the workers worked hand in hand with their managers so that they can get employment in a distant land betraying the trust we put in them!

These workers sing all kinds of tunes upholding the virtues of accountability but after six months arrival when audits are held by third parties, they will change their mantra and play victim claiming they paid their handlers hoping to make quick returns because the MNC with their entire bourgeoisie CSER propaganda afraid of the media then fall victim to these shenanigans and others and victimize honest individuals who captained the process!

The only fault if any is that the captains were following the instructions of both government’s protocols and condition to be awarded an approval when in some cases even the MNC concerned were blacklisted!

Many directives spoken but not written!

The problem is when MNCs or companies are in dire need they give you all the support and after you have delivered they screw you giving in to their internal politics or worst if you happened to be a victim of a conspiracy as the shenanigans within and their collaborators outside find you a stumbling block!

They throw you to the wolves to be torn up!

And hand over the process to survivors and conduits who actually are the black sheep of the process!

My call to the Malaysian government is freeze all manpower approvals for a year!

Use the year to re-look at the end to end process and using Singapore as an example!

Singapore has a perfect zero tolerance for corruption in the system and there are strict guidelines accordingly!

They give you what you request once you justify the need but the moment you screw up they come super hard on you!

They like Malaysia do not have little Napoleons and their conduits hiding in the sheets and demanding kick-backs end to end!

They do not have agents from resource countries operating illegally enticing decision makers with kickbacks for facilitation of approvals.

Look at the number of Bangladeshi conduits in Malaysia working behind the scenes and sometime upfront?

It is sad that systems that were put in to check on illegalities in passport’s and other travel documents, medical examination, bio-metrics have been compromised today without first conducting an independent valuation rather than listening to a fabricated and cooked media outrage and trial by media!

I am now told after all the ‘song and dance” of change – the rascals and conduits and their players are all back and certainly as this is a multi- million ringgit operation!

MORE DRACONIAN STRUCTURAL CHANGES NEEDED TO ADDRESS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT WITHIN THE CHURCH SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER & CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE! (Part 1 – The Church)

‘In short I ask how churches can create a church culture of accountability, transparency, good governance and victim care.

My answer, please look out for people, not institutions!’

MORE DRACONIAN STRUCTURAL CHANGES NEEDED TO ADDRESS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT WITHIN THE CHURCH SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD HUMAN RIGHTS & CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE! (Part 1 – The Church)

I have always held to my audience that if there is one good thing about the Bill Cosby rape and drug allegations, it is that more Americans and the world may now realize how common it is for a woman to be raped or assaulted sexually.

And this is supported by statistics there.

The statistics tell a disturbing story that 1 out of 6 women in America has been the target of a rapist.

Between the ages of 16 and 19, females are four times more likely to be raped, have a rape attempted, or be assaulted sexually than anyone else.

Of girls who are in grades 5-8, 7 percent said they had been sexually abused.

Shockingly that percentage my friends jump up to 12 percent for high school females.
In Malaysia and in other ASEAN jurisdictions, I have always held the belief that for every rape that is exposed more than 20 go unreported!

But we all know from real life situations that statistics alone will not convince many people because they do not have faces or voices.

But in this case that has rocked my image of a model of the 60’s the steady stream of Cosby accusers, with their eerily similar stories about being groomed and plied with pills by the comedian and then subjected to unwanted sexual advances or worse, resonated with many Americans.

Of course the reality is many others in the USA are not convinced and thee are now surrogates who have denied the accusations on his behalf?

So let us address rape!

As far as I am concerned the truth is the biggest culprits of all unsavory things physical, sexual and criminal breach of trust are masquerading as ‘men of the cloth!’

So I am not surprised been told by my friends in NGO circles about a certain Bishop accused of raping a nun, and now according to reports written to Pope Francis in a letter dated September 16 requesting for permission to step down temporarily as the head of a certain the Diocese!

This is after Police asked him to appear before an investigating team.

The police decided to summon the bishop amid mounting pressure to initiate action against him, after a nun accused the bishop of sexually assaulting her repeatedly between 2014 and 2016.

She has also sought immediate intervention of the Vatican for justice and demanded the bishop’s removal.

Like all victims of high powered and political rape – this nun too has questioned why the church was “closing its eyes to the truth” when she had mustered courage to make her case public.

We all know the cultural and race based backlash that usually follows in a closed cultural setting as this!

She also alleged that the Bishop was using “political and money power” to “bury” the case against him.

He had dismissed the nun’s allegations as “baseless and concocted”, insisting she leveled those as the catholic order had rejected her demand for “favors.”

Meanwhile there is growing concerns and support for justice to be initiated without favors or defense of the church stakeholders.

The chief of the National Commission for Women on Saturday said the said bishop stepping down is the “first win” in the case.

“I have heard some reports that the accused bishop has stepped down and this shows we are moving in the right direction.

We have won for the first time in this long battle against that bishop.

The High Court has given some more time to the police. Let us see what they come up with.”

She added that if things are not proper, they will again intervene!

Many may say that it is very difficult to take the sides of either of the trained people who get enough knowledge to mask themselves from even a forensic psychologist, let alone the legal system / investigative machinery in India with its grave shortcomings.

It is hard to believe that unless for the personal failures of a person, someone will be trapped into sexual servitude especially in a conservative catholic community in Kerala.

The sad part of the Church in India and elsewhere is careerism has kept in and those who come to the position of managing affairs reach there out of skills rather than commitment to Christian philosophy.

But I am also aware that Pope Francis is a ray of hope!

Today my sadness is that the “church is one of the least safe places to acknowledge abuse” because victims often receive damaging advice from church staff who know little about the topic.

The #ChurchToo movement (accompanying the #MeToo movement) reveals that churches are just as susceptible to issues of sexual misconduct and abuses of power as secular institutions.

Often one or more individuals are to blame for abuses, but calls for reform are directed at churches and their leadership.

Is it not time that the church does its acknowledging of abuse within its ranks and practices?

The present culture directed at institutional practices and mindsets that often make reporting and responding to abuse a fraught prospect for victims must be done away with!

And, while churches should not preemptively admit culpability before accusations are investigated, they often find themselves apologizing to victims and communities for inadequate and insensitive responses that create burdens and barriers for victims.

What can churches do to change this reputation?

How can churches create a culture that honors due process alongside one that honors victims’ and survivors’ stories, experiences, and expectations?

In short I ask how churches can create a church culture of accountability, transparency, good governance and victim care.

My answer, please look out for people, not institutions!

But allow the due legal proceedings to go forth without hurdles or caveats!