MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE SAYS – INDONESIAN PLANE CRASH RAISES MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS!

“Out there, a lot of grieving people while stakeholders and the industry carry out multi-level damage controls and crisis communication endeavors to stop the free fall of their shares and sales?”

MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE SAYS – INDONESIAN PLANE CRASH RAISES MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS!

For the country – Indonesia this was super bad news!

For the record, there were also signs of progress made.


Which resulted in June this year the European Union lifting a ban on Indonesian airlines that it had imposed in 2007?

The reasons then were cited as “unaddressed safety concerns.”

All that now will be revisited, new audits done, plenty of verification, and heads to roll after a brand-new plane, a Boeing 737 Max 8 fell from the sky!

According to aviation experts and commercial pilots who spoke to me, this new class of aircraft joined the fleet in service only about 17 months ago.

And brands like Southwest and American Airlines have added them to their fleets.

They generally replace older 737s, which fly mostly domestic routes.

But all that will now change with this brand new aircraft carrying 189 people from Jakarta crashing into the Java Sea killing all on board and raising alert and alarm and renewed concerns about air safety!

It was clear skies but minutes after takeoff, reports indicate that the crew of Lion Air Flight 610 contacted air traffic controllers and asked permission to return to the airport.

The said request was permitted!

But the aircraft never made it back!

Strange, inexplicable since this aircraft according to my sources claim was delivered to Lion Air in August and had flown only about 800 total hours before it crashed!

The only hint of something amiss, being an unspecified technical problem during a flight the day before from the Indonesian resort island of Bali to Jakarta.

And we are told that issue had been resolved “according to procedure.”

Seriously or is this quite premature in view this tragedy?

Records will show that were 189 fatalities here!
In all of our minds, there are serious questions, but no answers!

Someone dropped the ball, but whom?

Out there, a lot of grieving people while stakeholders and the industry carry out multi-level damage controls and crisis communication endeavors to stop the free fall of their shares and sales?

When can one say never again?

MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE CALLS FOR AN INDEPENDENT PROBE ON SEXUAL ATTACKS ON CHILDREN!

“I have always spoken quite clearly about the alleged double standards and the negative public perceptions that formulates whenever we deal with allegations against certain well connected powerful families, politicians and individuals in Malaysia. This must be addressed!”

MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE CALLS FOR AN INDEPENDENT PROBE ON SEXUAL ATTACKS ON CHILDREN!

There are enough laws in Malaysia to address this issue!

We also have a super professional team of officers at Bukit Aman’s D11!

And specifically legislation in the form of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017!

This statute is a super comprehensive legislation to address these despicable acts, whosoever, the alleged perpetrators are!

So why is there alleged pussy footing by the very people we expect to protect, not just public interests but members of the public at risk?

More so in the latest case, it is alleged that the alleged perpetrator may be a Member of Parliament and a former minister!

And the fact is – this is not the first time such stories have hit the news either!

I have always spoken quite clearly about the alleged double standards and the negative public perceptions that formulates whenever we deal with allegations against certain well connected powerful families, politicians and individuals in Malaysia.

This must be addressed!

And the latest allegation, no different, when a 15-year old girl despite the trauma, fear and anxiety makes a police report which I certainly believe was after consultation, and support from family only to withdraw it in inexplicably and under suspicious circumstances within a day!

So far the manner this matter is being addressed and handled, is embarrassing and I cannot but appeal to the sitting Home Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to intervene!

The move will show that the new government has no favorites, will not hesitate to act from the center to protect public interests and when actions and omission of certain parties can jeopardize the rebuilding process and image of the nation’s Police force!

So far the comments and speculations made by Perlis police chief Noor Mushar Mohd at best is “not appropriate and disgusting!”

It is exactly this sort of stand, that has made the members of the public distrusting of the police!

In the public interest and the law of the land, there is no recourse but that the police must arrest whosoever this individuals is!

It is immaterial whether subsequently there was a retraction!

Was the alleged perpetrator or suspect arrested, questioned or is he still free?

This case involves a child and an alleged senior politician of that state!

Any case where sexual assault upon a child is alleged, it should be escalated and fast tracked, as far as arresting the alleged offender and conducting investigations as this involves grave public interest and in this case, a parliamentarian as well!

It is time we show zero tolerance to any act targeting our children or alleged preferential treatment, double standards and omissions by those positioned and expected in public office to protect lives and public interests!

CASSA: BUKIT KUKUS INVESTIGATION SHOULD BE OPEN!

‘The continued episodes of landslides, fatalities, economic loss and clear present and future danger to residents, investors and visitors can no longer be insulated by political and public shenanigans!’

CASSA: BUKIT KUKUS INVESTIGATION SHOULD BE OPEN!

The statement of a Penang government official today that the high-level committee investigating the Bukit Kukus landslide would likely be restricted to government officials and selected experts after several groups expressed interest in standing as observers in the probe was slammed by CASSA!

This is no way to move forward neither does that statement reflect the claims of accountability, good governance and transparency!

Whose personal, private, corporate and felt needs is being protected here?

The continued episodes of landslides, fatalities, economic loss and clear present and future danger to residents, investors and visitors can no longer be insulated by political and public shenanigans!

The Penang government and certainly now the federal government has a duty of care that these process be super transparent insulating or protecting no quarter!

These landslides are no more a state matter but federal and a security matter in view the fatalities!

And it must be treated as such sending a message to all be they the public or private sector that there is zero tolerance for cover ups post GE14!

HILL SLOPE CONSTRUCTION & ACTIVITIES: MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE ASKS – WILL THE FATALITIES AND TRAGEDIES CONTINUE?

“We also need a public register identifying public officers, companies, contractors and professional linked to problem projects so that there can be more oversight by third parties or a national taskforce of eminent public interest individuals monitoring such activities!”

HILL SLOPE CONSTRUCTION & ACTIVITIES: MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE ASKS – WILL THE FATALITIES AND TRAGEDIES CONTINUE?

I do not know if you remember the tragedy but also the promises made and assurances by many politicians gave Malaysians, which includes, Anwar Ibrahim a member of the cabinet then!

It was the 11th December 1993, which marked the date of a heart-breaking tragedy that occurred in Taman Hillview, Ulu Klang, Selangor, hereinafter known as the Highland Towers Tragedy!

Many lives were lost and whole families just killed in one go!

Since 1993, there have been repeated tragedies occurring which raised the whole question of hill slope construction!

Many debates, many press statements and policymakers assurances, many think tank sessions but these tragedies continued!

We see no light at the end of that tunnel!

After each tragedy, we are told to take an objective look at reasons behind the collapse of the hill slope before conducting a trial by media and enforcing a blame game!

For example in 2017, the Penang Island City Council has given its assurances that residential areas in Tanjung Bungah, where a landslide and sinkhole caused the collapse of part of a newly-built set of luxury homes were safe for occupancy.

Those three newly-built luxury houses on the hillside of Tanjung Bungah were destroyed after heavy downpour triggered a landslide and sink-hole, causing the whole double-lane road in front of the premises to collapse.

In that incident, the centre of the retaining wall in front of the row of houses started to collapse before the whole road caved in.

For the record the said units were going for between RM1.6 million and RM2.3 million each.

Promises and assurances were made!

There were also ‘calls and chants’ urging the then Federal Government to amend the Road, Drainage and Building Act 1974 to prevent further tragedies involving development on slopes.

Since then, there was that Tanjong Bungah tragedy which if I am not wrong had fatalities again!

After each, an alleged “media crazy Tan Sri” will of course come out making press statements, be in the air over talk shows after each calamity, tragedy and fatality, without any shame!

Then again we see the same as we did, in that rather charged public outcry after that landslide at a construction site in Lengkok Lembah Permai which claimed the lives of 11 workers, including a Malaysian site supervisor.

What followed of course, the setting up of a commission to uncover the truth behind the tragic landslide and the cause of the failure of the temporary worksite slope?

Their scope of work among others, included, looking into the project approval process and procedures to see if they were in accordance with the set guidelines, as well as to identify the parties responsible for the failure of the temporary worksite slope and made recommendations for appropriate action, including those under the law, to those responsible.

The commission was alleged to be given three months to complete the investigation and prepare its report.

Despite that, various quarters have questioned the Penang government’s seriousness in finding out the truth and putting a much needed halt to all hillside construction!

I remember speaking on this hill slope construction in Penang and on the destruction, as well of my home town and despite the media blitz we carried out in Batu Feringhi Penang, nothing came of it, except a senior journalist from Malaysiakini, advising me to set aside some money to buy myself a side arm for my own protection in view the tentacles of very powerful interest groups and cartels on the island!

She was not wrong, as I did receive several death threats!

Then just when we thought, post GE14, this is new Malaysia – we will see dedication, micro managing surveillance, zero tolerance and a plan and process that will see no more political or industry bull-shit, a total halt to hill slop construction and other activities, we had this – Bukit Kukus landslide and more fatalities!

So I cannot but support my colleagues in Penang, and concur that it was certainly “willful non-compliance” by contractors stemming from a lack of monitoring and enforcement that resulted in the latest tragedy!

As my very dear colleague and friend from Sahabat Alam Malaysia, honorary secretary Meenakshi Raman stated and quite rightly that this tragedy could have been avoided if the authorities had been steadfast in their duty.

Was there passionate and dedicated compliance by the contractors to the entire process and were there gaps, negligence and failure on the part of the authorities who were expected to be on top of things and not drop the ball?

There is no such thing as self-regulation on the part of developers and contractors as these quarters are more interested in profits!

Current laws are also inadequate and not stiff enough to deter shenanigans in the industry and others who insulate them?

CASSA MALAYSIA and I will support any legislation where contractors, professionals, including the holding companies, are held liable and given punitive sanctions and penalties as a deterrent for such environmental crimes!

It is no more business as usual, but, one where we will support new laws enacted to address such environmental crimes that we concur require strong and deterrent sentences instead of puny fines!

We also need a public register identifying public officers, companies, contractors and professional linked to problem projects so that there can be more oversight by third parties or a national task force of eminent public interest individuals monitoring such activities!

Failing which please do expect before long another tragic incident and more media statements by professionals and pretenders!

I call for total halt to all hill slope construction in Malaysia – Period!

MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE BELIEVES THE REMAINS OF MH370 (9M-MRO) IS IN THE SUMATRAN WATERS!

“My team and I have video recordings of interviewed witnesses who have claimed they visually witnessed the aircraft hit the waters in a ditching fashion.”

 

MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE BELIEVES THE REMAINS OF MH370 (9M-MRO) IS IN THE SUMATRAN WATERS!

Lunatics masquerading as media, aviation experts, NGO leads, debris planters and finders, the industry players, those who created a mathematical formula that cannot be explained have all carried and damaged the episode of a missing aircraft carrying 239 crew and passengers!

Did those who had power over satellites and radar look the other way and played along with the principal piped piper?

As a result, all of us were put in a position where we were at odds, each defending their own turfs, versions and narratives and as long as we did that some were busy with the greatest cover up, since the assassination of a former US President!

When Malaysians and the IIT370 led by me took control of the narrative, we asked pertinent questions whether debris were really planted, or a high powered politician changed the finding and true narrative when he single handedly misled the world, made a miscall giving the impression that a very damaged, crippled, smoking aircraft crashed off his country or closer to the South Indian Ocean.

We cannot also avoid the claims and allegations of coastal people who claimed one particular person offered them money as that latter manipulated the scene and story of the narrative aided and abetted by a certain notorious few TV channels and writers of aviation stories?

Even once well-respected 60 minutes program went on a deceptive frolic!

And to others, a rogue pilot decided to murder all on flight as he was either upset over issues politically or worst, that the act was because of a love relationship gone sour?

On the other hand, I was attacked viciously and with claims that I was the former premier’s crony or operative, and my job description, included trolling and spying according to the annals of a Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum or Ian Fleming novel!

That was not enough they created Facebook pages and even twitter accounts, trolled my statements and demonized and defame me!

Only to all disappear when there were Police reports made to the security apparatus!

I received death threats, my family members in Australia were threatened because there was an individual who had claimed having strong support within the Australian government, which includes the ATSB?

We checked and found this to be untruthful!

Now the Malaysian security apparatus have the names of these individuals!

Recently there was an article by a newspaper in Western Australia, where a second rate journalist, repeats these allegations and lies!

What ever happened to the well cited notion of audi alteram partem?

If you do not know Latin, let me explain!

It is the principle that no person should be judged without a fair hearing in which each party is given the opportunity to respond to the evidence or allegations against them.

If the media or a journalists fails to acknowledge this, they are in the wrong business!

The epicenter of these allegations seem to be a fake story, that I happened to run ahead of the narrative planned in Western Australia with a local TV station where I seem to have stolen their thunder?

The story is that I was trolling them, and the fact is, if only they had checked my passport, they would have known, neither I nor anyone, I know were there, though threats were issued by a particular individual against my poor unsuspecting family members, who are also Australian citizens!

So how did we know?

Perhaps, one should instead question one particular individual, the gay partner of a certain gay person instead, who is alleged to be on site that day and who had alerted the world at large!

And the news spread!

Now, the secret is out, with this all sorted out now, let us address the real issue – where is 9M-MRO or MH370?

My team and I have video recordings of interviewed witnesses who have claimed they visually witnessed the aircraft hit the waters in a ditching fashion.

Prior to that, it was gliding right to left, left to right like a broken kite and there was a foul smell of acidity and thick black smoke like post a fire!

The witnesses were meters from the site of impact where the aircraft hit the water and after a few minutes, it sank.

The frightened witnesses circled the area but there were no bodies or any debris coming out except for the thick smoke and an atmosphere of deep foul smell of acid which created breathing difficulties to those witnesses!

They reached out to the authorities and even made reports and affidavits but they were ridiculed and stonewalled by all and sundry.

The international media arrived but before anything could come, a certain foolish politician of a certain country made a premature statement that changed the narrative altogether!

This coupled with allegations that certain operatives were given pieces of debris allegedly by certain sources to mislead as time was needed for a submarine to extract precious collateral and this further aided by others speculating and driving untruthful claims and sightings over the Maldives and other places, which includes now, that the aircraft was seen in various sites over Western Australia, the real ditch site was over looked in its entirety till we arrived!

Over a month ago, a team of us interviewed the witnesses again and their narrative had not changed!

The only difference, they gave us the exact GPS ordinance where the remains of that aircraft are!

This evidence inexplicably, correlates together with satellite images of what seems to be an aircraft in the sea taken 2014 raises more questions than answers which only the Malaysian government can address!

Those pictures have now inexplicably disappeared though the team has managed to save screenshots of them!

We have prepared a comprehensive dossier on this and we will hand it over to the Malaysian Prime Minister for his advice and action.

There is of course Plan B as well!

This is the best I can do and I will stand down post this!