DR JACOB GEORGE – MH370 – GOVT URGED TO LOOK AT NEW SITES IN THE NORTH INDIAN OCEAN, SUMATRAN & ANDAMAN WATERS IN VIEW EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNTS.
Come March 8th 2019, it will mark five years since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (9M-MRO) disappeared.
Five years, since I was alerted while in the UK, that several of my very close friends and others, had not come home.
Five years since my daughter, then reading law in the United Kingdom was terrified enough asking me to postpone my flight back to Malaysia in the wake of this missing flight,
controversies, double talk and the mysteries surrounding it!
Five years, since we set up the International Intelligence Task force 370 (IIT370) comprising of experts in several fields from over 8 countries to network using our personal finances to get at the truth!
And five years, where all of us are struggling to come to grips of this tragedy and to seek answers.
Five years of roller-coaster mysteries, myths, claims, counter-claims, projections, counter-projections and worst of all, super-bickering, vulgarities and attacks against us in the social media platforms by trolls!
All things unpleasant, which included threats, defamation, a highly financed and launched series of fake news and trial by media on Commander Zaharie Ahmad Shah!
In these five years, we have seen so many pretenders all claiming to serve the cause.
In these five years, some have started running unregistered NGOs and making speeches in Malaysia over MH370 and elsewhere, while going on vulgar and vitriolic attacks on the Malaysian leadership and us.
In the five years, debris collectors have not handed over all that was acquired in the early days under various pretenses and those handed recycled from allegedly old finds!
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, I am advised, are Australians and 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, if indeed there is still a political will to do so?
I have always raised in these five years 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.
Was there any financial impropriety involved in these exchanges?
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, in these five years for some strange reason, we are 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, which after strong rebuke from several quarters and this writer it was rightly abandoned!.
I have always stated that 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.
As we approach five years, I am also concerned that despite two failed and unsuccessful investigation at the South Indian Ocean, policymakers have being rather recalcitrant at looking at other sites of interests, in view early 2014 eyewitness accounts and collaboration of evidence all pointing to an area closer to the North Indian Ocean, the Sumatran and Andaman waters!
Rather than walking away from one’s responsibility or saying that one needs “credible evidence” before embarking on a new investigation should there not be a duty of care to extend support to investigate and organize site visits to these areas of interest as well?
In the interest of public and international safety and branding, both that of Malaysian Airlines and Boeing, it is only appropriate that all options be on the table!
There is no doubt it is here that again, after the 2014 initial crisis management, communication and handling of the narratives fiasco, we have failed!
But it is not too late to do what is right and appropriate, which is to visit these sites of interest, in view recent updates and eyewitnesses account!