‘’But sadly, this tragedy has been held captive by third parties and shenanigans, all claiming to be experts of aviation, drift theories, communication, international law and worst, some have virtually hijacked the Malaysian responsibility and self-appointed themselves as the official spokesman and woman of anything that relates to our aircraft MH370!’’
MH370 – SAYING NO TO ANY PREMATURE MEMORIAL A CARDINAL PRINCIPLE THAT MUST BE RESPECTED SAYS MH370 INTELLIGENCE ANALYST DR JACOB GEORGE!
Several years ago, unnecessarily a high leveled politician raised hopes that our aircraft MH370 was found!
There was so much chatter in the intelligence community and elsewhere.
My team remembers getting calls from over 11 countries where the next of kin were living seeking the authenticity of the then rumors!
It was horrendous and never must we raise hopes until we are 100 per cent certain we found that resting place of what was once MH370!
I remember that the Malaysians, my friends who were MAS crew members and administrators, the Chinese nationals who were far the most on board that flight and others in 12 other countries kept their hopes, fingers crossed, there were prayer vigils everywhere and I was among one then in Vietnam!
But it was not to be!
And my thoughts of predator and self-serving career politicians grew more negative.
Several years later while we have several runaway stories, outfits, web pages, groups both closed and open, and all forms and sizes of vigilantes and shenanigans addressing MH370 – we are no further to the truth to what REALLY HAPPENED the early hours of March 8th 2014!
But sadly, this tragedy has been held captive by third parties and shenanigans, all claiming to be experts of aviation, drift theories, communication, international law and worst, some have virtually hijacked the Malaysian responsibility and self-appointed themselves as the official’s spokesman and woman of anything that relates to our aircraft MH370!
They organize next of kin meets, press conferences, carry debris both planted and junk, make claims of high powered conspiracies, slander and accuse anyone who stands up to their bullying and narrative as troll, a very bad person, an unsavory person and so forth!
We are also accused of spy games of conducting high powered intelligence gathering of their movements, their alleged planting of debris, alleged payments to locals and bugging all their telecommunication assets as some super spy or Jeffrey Archer figure!
They start the rumor of the assassination of our honorary diplomat as related to debris and MH370 and then pretend to take another position when facing the angry Malaysian officials.
They speak as if they speak on behalf all next of kin – but do they?
A comprehensive dossier prepared on them speaks for itself and would make great reading for the intelligence community soon!
Now let us get to pertinent issues rather than dwell on these low lives using the dead and a lost aircraft for personal glory, media exposure and profiteering!
I would like to revisit the rather insensitive plan of a memorial site for the victims of MH370!
Now whose idea was this?
Was there collaboration with the next of kin, stakeholders, the Malaysian government?
Are there plans to try to understand how the next of kin feel regarding this brainchild of politicians when there are still many moving parts to this episode, early feedback clearly show a string displeasure of that idea, and whatsoever happens going forward whether we will ever find the aircraft or what is left of it if indeed it is where it is claimed to be and if we do not, will it not be the responsibility in both international law for the Malaysians, WE, the legal owners of the aircraft to plan and address the closure to this episode in a manner civil, cordial and certainly after consultation with stakeholders and the next of kin?
Certainly not all will be happy, especially those who have been working double shifts with the media on tow and had hoped for a profitable ending for them?
They will then have to look for a new hobby?
But for the record now, the families of those on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 are unhappy with the Australian government’s idea of creating a memorial site for the victims in Perth and my advice is for all parties to try to understand the East-West divide and cultural settings involved in addressing death issues!
The manner the West addresses death is far different than how we in the East do.
So indeed, yes, the West Australian Government was insensitive to release a tender for a $125,000 memorial on Perth’s Elizabeth Quay development when the next of kin — two thirds of whom are Chinese nationals — appealed to shelve the plan as there has been no conclusion so far to the tragedy and may or may not arrive even after the current search!
As I stated earlier there are far too many moving parts in this narrative, interest and vested interest and this is not as straight forward as one would like it to be.
And worst there are far too many persona non-grata actors and actresses in the script as well each thinking they are acting at the best interest of the next of kin!
But are they?
We may or may not find our aircraft, we must be ready both professionally, emotionally and pragmatically be prepared for that eventuality with a prepared mind.
Time is a healer and closure will come with or without ever recovering that aircraft in our age and time.
And sadly, in the public and flying consumer interest we may never know what actually happened to that Malaysian Boeing 777-200, which we called MH370!