“It should be encouraged and facilitated so that the findings of this process and narrative will have impact on the families of 239 who were on board MH370 and God willing, may initiate changes to the aviation industry and duties of both carriers, manufacturers and government agencies expected to carry themselves with dignity, decorum and the truth!”
MALAYSIA’S & ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE SAYS – MH370 LEGAL PROCEEDINGS , FAM, CORRUPTION – WHY FEAR THE TRUTH?
Why the fear of the truth and discovery?
What are we really hiding, or protecting that the truth should always be hidden, while our politicians, our civil servants, policymakers, those entrusted to protect our coffers and national treasures and others double speak not just about their self-righteous religious credentials but also their claims of upholding the truth when their actions and lifestyles, paint a different picture?
Three incidents today raises this question to greater heights!
First, I am drawn to a question I raised in my August 23 post when I asked policymakers and custodians of our national airlines MAS.
“Are we the only country which uses or abuses, a A380 on routes it should not be flying or keeping one just for spares?
So much for return on investments!
Of late, we have given away routes, we always had and now working like a regional airline, while our former lucrative destinations are given over in a plate to a competitor by someone rumored to be joining them if the rumor is to be believed?
Any conflict in interests issues here?
Are we taking great care of our assets which are our pilots and crew?”
Secondly, The High Court in Kuala Lumpur today ordered the
government and Malaysia Airlines System Bhd (MAS) to provide a general discovery document to 76 relatives of 32 passengers who were in the doomed MH370 flight that disappeared in March 2014.
This is on the grounds that the plaintiffs are entitled to the information, as they have brought suits against the government and the airline.
The decision was made by judge Azizul Azmi Adnan in chambers.
76 plaintiffs filed the lawsuit on March 7 in regard to their missing relatives who were aboard Flight MH370, which was heading to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014, when it disappeared without trace.
The plaintiffs, comprising 66 Chinese nationals, eight Indian nationals and two American citizens, named MAS, the Civil Aviation Department director-general, the Royal Malaysian Air Force and the Malaysian government as defendants.
The court also fixed Nov 3 for case management for all the 28 suits brought by the passengers on board Flight MH370.
In their statement of claim, they alleged that the disappearance of Flight MH370 and death of the 239 passengers and crew were due to negligence on the part of MAS.
They alleged that MAS had breached the contract of carriage it entered with passengers, that it would be responsible for the airworthiness of the aircraft and safety of the passengers on board.
Thirdly, I am again drawn to a statement by Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin slamming the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) over its preoccupation with seeking out the whistleblower who leaked a pen drive containing the association’s documents to Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.
The minister said FAM should not be hunting down the individual responsible for passing on the information, but instead reveal its contents so that it can be evaluated by the nation’s football fans.
Let me deal with the third first, as the other two in my mind are connected!
While it is noble to raise this matter, the pertinent question that the minister has failed to acknowledge is – is this not the mentality we have bred so long in this country?
Every time someone raises a question on corruption, inappropriate behavior, abuse of power, or controversial, we have had them ostracized, threatened, both with draconian and outdated statutes and both political and others!
After 47 years of this, which was further improvised post 1981 – we have bred a community, who have perfected the art and skill of theft and corruption!
Now many think it is a birth right?
So you cannot blame any low life politician, civil servant. head of organization, agencies, GLC, NGO for having it in their DNA?
And recent exposures by MACC clearly show what is in store!
What I am more surprised is as an insider, you, Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin are always aware of these ground conditions, are you not?
And what have you done in your capacity as a budding politician?
After all, your ministry was also rocked by a similar allegation not so long ago?
While I am pleased of your stand here in the FAM affairs this is just the tip of an iceberg where Malaysian politics are concerned?
Now, let us look at the MAS fiasco!
It is true that a lot has happened since MH370 and MH17 but whether they are for the better or to uphold both national integrity, truth, accountability, good governance, vicarious liability is open to serious debate and contention depending which forum you are listening to!
This is disturbing to those addressing public interest matters!
That includes the controversial legislation put into place to protect MAS, the retrenchment of over 6000 employees, pilots included, the rehiring process of former staff under new agreements which are alleged disturbing, the selling of some of the fleet, the continued usage of contractors alleged to having links either to a dominant political party or politicians, the giving up of lucrative destinations to a serious contender in the region, and shrinking capacity by almost one-third!
This is shocking and preposterous!
Now it is confirmed, to what I raised in my August 23 post when I asked “if a certain individual was in the important boardroom and administrative decision making process and narrative that saw MAS given away routes, we always had and now working like a regional airline, while our former lucrative destinations are given over in a silver plate to a competitor?”
So is there any conflict in interests issues here?
It is now being confirmed that Christoph Mueller, previously chief executive officer at Malaysia Airlines Bhd, joins Persian Gulf carrier Emirates this month, in a newly created position that will see him play a significant management role at the biggest airline by international traffic.
From where I am sitting and in the public interest, or using the much lauded and boasted about American standards of compliance, is this not a conflict of interest, which can now be raised by Malaysian ratepayers, who have been bailing out the airlines?
Most importantly, whether those boardroom and corporate decisions were actually for the good of MAS?
Will these latest information spearhead court actions by those affected by the decisions of “this individual’s era” which may hurt the brand again?
Now over to MH370!
Tell me in all honesty and a religious commitment what is wrong in 76 plaintiffs filing a lawsuit on March 7 in regard to their missing relatives who were aboard Flight MH370, which was heading to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014, when it disappeared without trace?
The honorable judge saw that there are grounds that the plaintiffs are entitled to the information!
This is not an isolated incident but an international tragedy involving more than 14 countries and jurisdictions who were impacted!
The legal proceedings should not be waylaid!
It should be encouraged and facilitated so that the findings of this process and narrative will have impact on the families of 239 who were on board MH370 and God willing, may initiate changes to the aviation industry and duties of both carriers, manufacturers and government agencies expected to carry themselves with dignity, decorum and the truth!