Sun Tzu - Art of War

''Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness" - Sun Tzu

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Imam Khomeini Advice On Journalistic Priorities

This was an advice to media managers from Imam Khomeini as printed on Iran Kayhan International newspaper in 1985 - long before the era of the internet. Perhaps it is about time to share this to the whole world as the media today is mostly engineered to serve its masters.

The late Khomeini was a master in mass uprising in his time.

Some of the interesting points in this advice are:

1) Publishing focus, priorities and relevancy
2) The press belong to all the people - not just political leaders
3) Criticism must not violate ethics
4) Press should be a center for people to benefit from.
5) People should be educated by the news
6) Avoid useless repetition
7) News should be prepared in a manner that it can be useful
8) The real intention of publishing a piece (should be to improve the society).

Imam Khomeini Offers Advice On Journalistic Priorities

Tehran (Kayhan International) - On Sept 1 1985 - The managers of Tehran's three most important dailies met with Imam Khomeini (ie Kayhan, Ettela 'at. Jumhuri- Eslami).

In this meeting. the Imam made some important statements with regard to the Media. The following is the text of the Imams address.

(Please refer to the scanned images)

A typical press coverage in 1985.

Khomeini's wise sayings:

1) That pen is worthwhile which awakens the masses. 

2) Your great responsibility today is the pen in your hand.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Paris Attacks, Intellectual Terrorism Attack and 1MDB Terrorism

The way the mainstream media is covering the Paris attacks will create 'excuses' to invade everybody's privacy and capture one's mind and personality.

This is an  intellectual terrorism which is far more deadly and has unprecedented consequences.

It will create more casualties - not just dead bodies - but millions of 'healthy' bodies with useless thinking facilities!

Coercive engineered immigration, intellectual terrorism, and corporate financial terrorism are the top three reasons behind the Paris attack. - Real Agenda

The TPPA Terrorism

Sorry folks! TPPA is just another 'license to kill'. It is a Corporate Financial Terrorism in disguise to protect the selected few who wish to control and dominate.

"If adopted, the (TPPA) rules will delay generic and biosimilar competition, making the medicines upon which people depend to stay alive expensive  for longer and, as a consequence, unobtainable." - RT TPP Wikileak

"Corporate Financial Terrorism is brought upon poor nations via globalization and so-called Free Trade Agreements that only result in more poverty and dependency." - Real Agenda

The 1MDB Terrorism

The 1MDB scandal is actually a Corporate Financial Terrorism moving 'illegal' money in many directions to avoid detection.

It is unfortunate that some so called 'intelligent' bloggers have also become terrorists firing misinformation. This is an intellectual crime much worse than disabling innocent people via land mines.

It is beyond doubt we are being ruled via deception. Deceiving information and threats to investigative journalism will create a country with crap intellectualism.

This is an outright war against intellectualism by Malaysia’s ‘terrorist’ regime.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sarawak Report Unblock Censorship Howto

The Malaysian government has decided to block from local access. It means the information published by is very damaging to Najib and Rosmah. By blocking access, it shows the government don't even has pants to go in this war.


Basically Google Cache is in the form of the following schema:

Instead of retyping above for every different articles -
simply go to

Google Cache links  of Sarawakreport at NewsKini

and look  for  [GC - Google Cache]  links there - it should work with latest articles from


A quick hack is to put a hypen after sarawak ie lets try this URL: - it should work unless MCMC decided to block that too.
Update 28/7/2015: Use hyphen hack with DNS tweak as some ISPs has started to
  • block by DNS for,
  • block by IP and Port for
  • Thus IP and port of (ie the hypen one via external DNS like Google DNS) is still reachable.

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    2015-07-23 12:04:46 (1.08 MB/s) - 'index.html' saved [24274]


    It is interesting to note this blocking was activated after Rosmah was exposed twice (RM 2,000,000 transaction and a photo in yatch). Did Rosmah ever issued a denial of those extra-ordinary transaction? There is something really bad inside the photo below which can blow secret things apart and verify all doubts.

    Basically MCMC type of blocking is a DNS (domain name service) repoint where the standard DNS provided by your ISP has been modified so that the name will point to a blacklisted IP (ip address).
    To circumvent the blocking just change your DNS server setup to public DNS, either A) or B) below
    A) Google Public DNS

    B) OpenDNS:


    Please refer to Open DNS step-by-step procedure


    Sooner or later they might decide to block access to sarawakreport completely (via IP and port). In such case -- perhaps it is best to install TOR ANONYMOUS BROWSING PROGRAM into your PC - especially when you don't want the 'Special Branch' to 'identify' your internet activities.
    Below is screenshot using TOR browser

    The TOR browser is pretty straight-forward to install and it is free!

    Reference: GIZMODO: Malaysia Admits to Censoring the Internet 946

    Jeremy Malcolm and Sarah Myers West Filed to: internet 7/22/15 3:20am

    Malaysia Admits to Censoring the Internet

    In 2011, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak promised that Malaysia would never censor the Internet. Speaking at the first Malaysian—ASEAN Regional Bloggers Conference, Najib said: “I have no doubts whatsoever that Malaysia has one of the liveliest blogospheres in the world. And definitely one of the freest if not the most free…[former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad] made the promise to the world that Malaysia would never censor the Internet. My government is fully committed to that wisdom. We intend to keep his word.”
    Four years later, beleaguered by allegations that $700 million in funds were suspiciously transferred from a Malaysian state investment fund into his personal bank account, Najib went back on that promise.

    Blocking of the Sarawak Report

    The UK-based news website the Sarawak Report was blocked in Malaysia on July 19, 2015 upon orders from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). The site remains inaccessible from within the country unless users access the site on their mobile phones or via a VPN. The MCMC ordered Malaysia’s Internet service providers to take the site down after it published news on the bank transfer allegations, though reports suggest the block has been unevenly enforced. The MCMC’s rationale for their order was that the site has published “unverified information” and posed a threat to “national security.”
    This is the first time Malaysia has publicly acknowledged blocking a political website, and it is particularly notable because the case strikes at the heart of political corruption within the country.
    The story surrounding the suspicious bank transfer initially broke on July 2, when the Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Report published the result of an investigation into a Malaysian investment fund, 1Malaysian Development Berhad (1MDB). The investigators found that hundreds of millions of dollars had been funneled into the private accounts of Najib Razak and his wife, Rosmah Mansor.
    Since then, Najib has responded assertively to the accusations, with his legal representative calling the Wall Street Journal article “political sabotage” and stating that the allegations are “neither here nor there.” Meanwhile, police have launched an investigation into the source of the leaked documents and the “possibility of a conspiracy to subvert Malaysia’s democratic process and topple the prime minister,” according to Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar. The editor of the Sarawak Report also reported being harassed and stalked by people believed to be employed by United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the ruling political party in Malaysia.

    Censorship Comes Out Into the Open

    The government’s censorship of the Sarawak Report is remarkable both for its unapologetic execution and for its blatant political character, but it is hardly the first time that the government or its supporters have censored Malaysia’s Internet—whether openly or less so. During the 2013 general election, strong evidence emerged of Malaysian ISPs throttling access to alternative news portals and pro-opposition content on YouTube. However, when confronted with this evidence, the MCMC denied that any such restrictions had been put in place and Instead of retyping all above - go to Newskinisimply blamed the outages on congestion.
    The following year, the BBC reported on the Malaysian Prime Minister’s response to complaints about raises in the cost of basic goods and services, such as fuel and electricity—to which he responding by simply pointing out that the price of Chinese water spinach, kangkung, had lately fallen. The story went viral, spawning all manner of video parodies and image memes. Embarrassed, government ministers began to call for crackdowns on the phenomenon, only to be stymied by the government’s promise that there would be no censorship of the Internet.
    Or were they? Despite the promises, users soon began to share reports about difficulties they had in attempting to access the embarrassing BBC report. Investigations by Malaysian transparency NGO Sinar Project revealed that indeed, it did appear that Malaysian ISPs were blocking or throttling access to the report. Sinar Project not only meticulously documented their findings, but they even released their tools on Github to allow others to replicate their investigation. Yet, once again, the government denied all responsibility for the outages.
    Given this history, it seems highly likely that the blocking of the Sarawak Report is not the first time Malaysia has engaged in political censorship of the Internet—it is merely the first time that the government has openly admitted to it.

    Legal Status of Censorship Under Malaysian Law

    The MCMC has claimed that the temporary block of the Sarawak Report was carried out under the Communications and Multimedia Act of 1998, but Malaysian law does not sanction the censorship of online websites. Specifically, the MCMC referred to Sections 211 and 233 of the Act, which prohibit the provision of “content which is indecent, obscene, false, menacing, or offensive” as well as the “improper use of network facilities or network service.” However, while both of these Sections provide for fines as a penalty for violations of the law, they do not provide for blocking or taking down websites.
    Though the ban reflects Malaysian authorities are increasingly finding extralegal online censorship to be within their comfort zone, the unsophisticated methods of blocking have made circumvention relatively easy for Malaysians. The Sarawak Report created a new URL,, that appears to be accessible, even as their main address,, is blocked. The block also does not appear to impact browsing from mobile devices.
    Sarawak Report readers appear well-versed in circumvention practices, if the comments on the site’s Facebook page are any indication. (Readers have suggested a wide variety of VPNs, Tor, and web-based proxies to get around the block. For more on these circumvention tools, check out EFF’s Surveillance Self-Defense page on circumventing online censorship.) Yet, even poorly executed online censorship is cause for concern—especially where, as here, it seems to mark a growing willingness to bend the law when deemed to be politically expedient.
    This article first appeared on Electronic Frontier Foundation and is republished here under Creative Commons license.


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    Saturday, March 29, 2014

    In Malaysia, truth is a stranger. What if Inmarsat is wrong? Another Junk Science?

    Side Note: We expect to see more Altantuya appearing as the MH370 flight mystery deepens - especially when someone has started to cast doubts and questioned Inmarsat accuracy.
    Source: GulfNews - Wash Post

    By Hui Mei Liew Kaiser Published: 20:00 March 29, 2014 Gulf News

    On Monday, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak appeared before the press to announce that missing flight MH370 “ended in the Southern Indian Ocean.” Najib’s statement finally gave the families of the passengers an “answer” on the fate of their loved ones. But it comes after weeks of spectacular obfuscation by Malaysian government officials, who repeatedly fudged details, contradicted each other or used the tragedy to score points against the political opposition.

    Just to add insult to injury, Malaysian Airlines informed the families of the sad news by sending them a text message. Small wonder that some of the relatives are now accusing Malaysian officialdom of orchestrating a “cover-up,” and demanding to see concrete evid-ence such as the plane’s black box.

    The rest of the world has reacted to the half-truths of the Malaysian authorities with bewilderment. But to us Malaysians it’s nothing new: We’ve been putting up with this sort of garbage our entire lives. Our officials are incapable of communicating because they’ve never felt the need to. Our corrupt and incompetent bureaucracy regards its own citizens with such top-down contempt that its dialogue muscles have simply atrophied.

    So it’s no wonder that Malaysians have spent the past few weeks coping the way we’re accustomed to: by indulging in conspiracy theories, the last pathetic refuge of people who know that they can never expect the truth from their own leaders. So we’ve seen some Malaysians blaming the loss of the plane on everyone from our own government to the United States, China, North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and — why not? — aliens. Yes, it’s sad. And yes, it’s more than a little crazy. But in the final analysis you can’t really blame us. Where else are we supposed to find any answers?

    The Malaysian government’s response has been dismal almost from the moment MH370 went missing. In most countries, the prime minister would step forward and take the lead during a catastrophe of this magnitude. In Malaysia, however, our prime minister decided to spend his time boasting about his skill at buying cheap chicken, analysing the economy’s health based on the price of kangkung (water spinach), or strolling around shopping malls. He’s left the bulk of the mundane task of disaster management to the acting transport minister cum minister of defence, Hishammuddin Hussain, who has figured as the official government spokesman at a number of press conferences following the disappearance of MH370. (Hishammuddin, it’s worth noting, is a cousin of Prime Minister Najib — a coincidence quite widespread in a country where politicians are often linked by clan ties.)

    Judging by the reactions from passengers’ families and the international media, Hishammuddin hasn’t exactly been doing a stellar job. In the early days of the investigation, the minister and his team event offered a conspiracy theory of their own. In this case, Malaysian officials speculated — without offering any particular evidence to back up their claim — that the plane’s pilot, a “fanatical supporter” of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and a relative of Anwar’s son-in-law, might have been motivated to hijack his own plane for political reasons. The day before, a Malaysian court sentenced Anwar to five years in prison on sodomy charges, a decision that bars him for running for office in upcoming elections. Again, none of this comes as a particular surprise. In recent years, government officials have developed the habit of blaming everything and anything on the opposition, and especially on Anwar.

    Paternalistic political culture

    One side effect of the government’s inept response to the MH370 catastrophe, according to some, is that it has prompted some unwelcome analysis of the country’s political system, which has been dominated by the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition for the past 57 years. So is Malaysia’s paternalistic political culture really being challenged now that MH370 incident has exposed its leaders to the withering judgements of international critics? I’m inclined to doubt it. As soon as the MH370 issue cools down, Malaysia’s government will return to business as usual. Nothing will change.

    Just consider the scandal surrounding Abdul Taib Mahmoud, the chief minister of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. According to the Bruno Manser Fund, a Swiss environmental group, and local critics in Sarawak, Abdul Taib, who’s held office since 1981, has amassed enormous wealth (and caused vast environmental damage) through his unchallenged control of the state’s forests. These critics allege that Taib has used his power to enrich his own family and well-connected cronies, who have harvested billions of dollars’ worth of tropical timber. Early last year, the international corruption watchdog group Global Witness released extensive video footage from a covert investigation that showed Taib’s cousins explaining how they had circumvented state laws to acquire vast tracts of forest land.

    In January 2013, 20 Swiss members of parliament filed a motion calling for an immediate freeze of assets held by Swiss banks on behalf of the Malaysian Taib family.

    In a normal, democratic political system, all this would have prompted official investigations, parliamentary inquiries, demands for accountability. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission did organise a probe to investigate Taib — but the minister simply declared, with apparent impunity, that he would not cooperate with the “naughty” and “dishonest” commission. As a result, Malaysian officials have yet to open a domestic investigation into the case. One year later, in February 2014, the probe made the improbable claim that it could not find any evidence that Taib had abused his power. On this March 1, Abdul Taib was sworn in for a term as Sarawak’s governor — a position even more powerful than the one he held before.

    Zero sense of accountability

    Taib can get away with this sort of thing precisely because of his cozy relationship with the ruling BN coalition and the party that dominates it (the United Malays National Organisation, or UMNO). The ruling coalition sees Sarawak as a vital cache of votes for the party, and within this system, Taib is untouchable. In our general election last year, the main opposition coalition, led by Anwar Ibrahim, won just over 50 per cent of the vote — yet BN still ended up with 60 per cent of the seats in the national parliament. That’s because the government uses gerrymandering and elaborate dirty tricks to divide up the election system in ways that ensure continued BN rule, regardless of the way Malaysians actually vote. It’s not surprising, then, that there is zero sense of accountability in our country — and that the government officials who have risen to the top of the system feel little pressure to respond to those pesky demands for information from ordinary people.

    The Malaysian government has a long history of ignoring its citizens’ right to know. Just take one of the most notorious cases. Back in 2002, an international human rights group filed an international court challenge alleging that the Malaysian government had accepted millions of dollars in bribes from a French shipbuilding company in the $1.25 billion (Dh4.59 billion) purchase of two Scorpene submarines. Though the French investigation produced enough evidence to implicate top Malaysian officials, the government summarily denied the claims, and no one was ever punished. Over a decade later, the scandal is still unresolved.

    Or take the murder of Mongolian model and translator Altantuya Shaariibuu (which has also been linked to the submarine case). Witnesses linked Altantuya romantically to one of Najib’s best friends and close policy advisers, a man named Abdul Razak Baginda. Sources claimed that she was trying to blackmail Razak with her knowledge of the shady submarine deal before she was killed by two of Najib’s bodyguards. Though the case implicated both the Malaysian prime minister and his wife, the government never initiated any official investigation. The case has remained in limbo ever since.

    A private investigator, P Balasubramaniam (known as “Bala”), made a convincing statutory declaration for the prosecution in the Altantuya case — but soon retracted the statement, and subsequently dropped out of sight, along with his entire family. Bala turned up again a few years later, claiming that he’d been offered $1.5 million by a businessman close to Najib’s family if he’d take back his original declaration. Bala died of a heart attack on March 15, 2013, in the midst of campaigning for the opposition in the upcoming election. Then Olivier Metzner, a French lawyer involved the submarine court case, was found dead in “an apparent suicide” two days after Bala’s death.

    Not long after that the Malaysian Court of Appeals decided to acquit the two policemen who had been sentenced to death for Altantuya’s murder. The court’s decision provoked an angry response from Altantuya’s father and the Mongolian government. But, as we’ve pointed out, foreigners apparently have just as little right to satisfactory information from the Malaysian government as Malaysian citizens do.

    We Malaysians, in short, have been putting up with this culture of official impunity for decades. Without having much choice in the matter, we’ve become accustomed to living under an authoritarian bureaucracy that mocks our requests for honest dialogue, and revels in its own contempt for basic rules of transparency and accountability.

    Now the international community is getting its own taste of what dealing with this system is really like. What’s more, MH370 proves that Malaysia’s political immaturity is not merely a domestic issue, but threatens the citizens of other nations as well. As Malaysian citizens, we offer our sincerest condolences to the families of the passengers and the international community — and we hope that you’ll join us in the fight against our government’s blatant corruption. — Washington Post

    Hui Mei Liew Kaiser is a graduate of Northern University of Malaysia in finance and international trade. She also holds a degree from the University of Malaya in International Strategic and Defence Studies.


    What if they are wrong? Satellite Company Inmarsat reversed position on where MH370 plane flight may be

    By DJ Tanman on March 27, 2014

    • Swell of satellite experts question accuracy and reliability of data and methods for satellite ping “math” to locate a moving aircraft, while major news headlines praise the satellite company who claims to have located the final position of Flight MH370.
    • The math formula to project the last known location of the plane may be right but if one shred of input data is incorrect, the plane could be actually thousands of miles away.
    • Missing Information: The world was told by Inmarsat where Flight MH370 was located at 8:11 AM, but where is the ping data showing where it was at 7:11 AM, 6:11 AM, 5:11 AM, 4:11 AM, 3:11 AM, 2:11 AM? Certainly it would be great information for investigators to know the route the plane came on, and if the satellite company claims they have this data, why have they not published it?
    • Why is the satellite company not transparent about the missing satellite data which would have shown the flight path not just the last ping location, asks many satellite experts.
    • This is NOT GPS technology being used, the satellite company Inmarsat says their technology is not even designed to locate planes and this is the first time in history its ever been used this way in “ground breaking” math. Does “ground breaking” mean Junk Science?
    • Inmarsat Satellite company owners have earned more in stock spiking from their claims they figured out where plane ended up, than the US Government has spent on their own investigation of the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.
    • 18 days later; no plane, no debris, claims of “beyond a reasonable doubt” by satellite company, but no proof. Is this really “junk science”? After numerous claims of sighting of jet debris from 3 countries using high tech satellites is it time to rethink our reliance on sciences that are wrought with human error of interpretation?

    Its been there for nearly 5 days in headlines around the world in black in white. Most of us read it but skipped over this detail consumed with the bigger newest headlines, “All have been Lost” when reading the announcement made by The Malaysian Prime Minster upon his own belief that satellite company Inmarsat had accurately concluded that the doomed Flight #Mh340 vanished into the southern Indian ocean, directly heading for the South Pole. But when the news is sorted out and facts and details are sifted through , there it is , the satellite company responsible for promising to have located the last known location of the missing flight MH370, also states something in plain sight…they made a mistake in their previous calculations just a week earlier when they projected that the plane could have flown as far north as Kazakhstan ( formerly part of Russia) but changed that assumption to a location thousands of miles away. The obvious was in plain sight, by their own admission, they had already made errors on calculations conducted during one of the most mysterious events in recent world history, in this case, their calculation may have been thousands of miles off. What the press read and played out was that Inmarsat come up with the “right answer”, forgetting quickly they had just made a huge error by their own admission.

    Swell of satellite experts question accuracy and reliability, while major news headlines praise the satellite company.

    Which got us to ask the question; what if the company providing the most important relied detail in the search; Inmarsat satellite, could still have made mistakes? We quickly began to investigate this and stumbled upon a bunch of experts in satellite and mobile consulting like Palo Alto USA based TMF Associates and others on the ‘net. Chatting it up in forums were other engineers, physicists, former aviation experts, and mobile technology experts who had lots of things that seemed to challenge what we were reading in the headlines. And at times, contradict immediately what we were reading in the news. As we read more and more reports of questions posed by experts , some of them were shocking and contradicting some of the constant barrage of headlines to congratulate the satellite company for its “groundbreaking math” in finding the supposed final location of Flight MH370. With details about technology we would need to seek out the experts . The most obvious question posed there by the experts was about those arcs many were seeing on television reports and in newspapers.

    What if they are wrong? Satellite Company Inmarsat reversed position on where MH370 plane flight may be

    PIng Data created by Inmarsat shows their calculated probable arc where missing flight MH370 may have been located at 8:11, but where are the arcs for earlier ping times?

    Missing Information: We were told where the plane was at 8:11 AM, but where is the ping data showing where it was at 7:11, 6:11 AM, 5:11 AM, 4:11 AM, 3:11 AM, 2:11 AM? One of the first questions brought up by experts was ‘where is the ping data from the other hourly intervals?

    If the final arc could give us the location of where the plane ended up; ping data and plot points could be shown for every hour before going back to 1 :19 AM when the plane went off radar. And these plot points when put together could give us some of the possible locations of where the plane flew from So where is that data? This seemed to fly right over the head of the media and journalists, it seemed no one asked this question. But not the engineers and consultants in satellite aviation. They were outright appalled that this data was missing and no one in the media or the world was asking ‘where is that data? Certainly knowing where the plane had been for hours before and its path could tell us lots of details for an investigation that has theories from suicide, terrorism, hijacking and even mechanical error being question. So plotting out where the plane had just been for hours seems logical to be an important bit of information that is right out in plain sight as missing. A few newspapers including the Washington Post apparently inadvertently drew in other arc circles to demonstrate these pings at other hours and even on CNN a demonstration incorrectly implied that many circles and arcs being drawn were from the previous ping data from previous hours Not true says many satellite experts since this data to this date has been shown to the media or to the public.

    The math formula may be right but if one shred of input data is incorrect, the plane could be actually thousands of miles away.

    This already happened to Inmarsat when they admitted had missed critical assumptions in their original data calculations and plotted that the plane could be as far away as Kazakhstan or as south as nearly Antarctica. Now that is one wide range in the first place when you are pinpointing a location of a 777 plane and narrow it down to a stretch on an arc of several thousand miles. Once Inmarsat dug deeper with their engineers they looked over things and realized they had left out a few variables, they changed the public statement. The plane could not be thousands of miles up on the arc in Central Asia, it was south back thousands of miles off the coast of Australia.

    Data is information points that construct a math formula. You can have the correct math but if the data varying like speed you get a different answer every time speed changes. If we want to calculate signal speed from a satellite, we know that light waves travel at 186,000 miles per hour. In 1/1000 light travels 1860 miles, just about the distance from the satellite to Malaysia. so if a ping takes 2/1000 of a second that means the satellite is half the distance away.

    This is NOT GPS technology, the satellite company says their technology is not even designed to locate plans and this is the first time its ever been used this way.

    Inmarsat is the British company that carried out the satellite analysis that determined the plane went into the southern Indian Ocean. Malaysia’s Prime Minister said Monday the plane was last tracked over the water, west of Perth, Australia. There is “no way” the plane went north, said Chris McLaughlin, a senior vice president at Inmarsat. This of course contradicted the company’s earlier information it had released showing a map where the likely last ping from the plane was, clearly showing it assumed it could have been as far north as Kazakhstan. MH370 search map 315x236 What if they are wrong? Satellite Company Inmarsat reversed position on where MH370 plane flight may be

    Inmarsat retracted this earlier map concerning the plane’s possible location as far north as Russia and Central Asia

    The route into the southern Indian Ocean was the “best fit” with the signals the plane sent to a communications satellite.

    But he cautioned to the press, “Nothing is final.”

    “We’re not Earth observation satellites, we’re data satellites. So it will require a lot of different skills, a lot of different people, not least the naked eye, to finally confirm what happened to 370.”

    McLaughlin said the mathematics-based process used by Inmarsat and Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch was “groundbreaking.” The new calculations underwent a peer review process with space agency experts and contributions by Boeing, he said.

    19 days later no plane, no debris, claims by satellite company, but no proof. Is this really junk science?

    Experts question how the satellite company assumed the signal was not affected by environmental or physical factors like weather, or concrete or even one expert asked what would effect of a sinking plane only 200 miles from the satellite be, could it create a signal slowed down . This would make it appear so that the plane is thousands of miles away, when its really just a few hundred miles away. The number of variables that would affect data could change the results say the experts so would mean this event could have dozens of possible variables that could effect the data. Which is exactly the mistake the satellite company made the first time around, when they estimated the plane could be as far north on an arc as Kazakhstan, or as far south as off the coast of Perth Australia. If you are guessing, this would be hardly science and more like junk science. And why did they change the location from the north to south, because of the variables ( the satellites speed vs. airplanes speed and resulting doppler effect ) was not taken into account. Our point here is besides speed are there not other variables that could affect the location of the plane. This is the question other satellite experts point out could be certainly the case. And miscalculations can result in huge variation on how the entire investigation is handled, if the plane is in another location the investigation could shift to terrorism or in the current proposed location, the notion of a suicide. That uncertainty of the potential of worst kind of terrorism alone and the families of the passengers of flight MH370 deserve these questions to be asked and dug into. malaysian airlines mh370 315x177 What if they are wrong? Satellite Company Inmarsat reversed position on where MH370 plane flight may be

    Protestors march in China to demand that Malaysia turn over satellite data to Chinese Government for inspection.

    When we see especially families of passengers on the missing flight MH370 s who have reached the same conclusion; that there is not any proof that not only “all are lost”but that the satellite company who released data that created this conclusion has not proven its reliability having changed its position of the possible end of flight by thousand of miles already. Sadly much of the difficulties of getting to the facts of missing flight MH370 is about gleaning through the pubic relations posturing that is going on. And here we have started to sift through a seemingly great corporate PR story which was mounting; a public satellite company, stockholders anxiously awaiting to see if their military services and aviation satellite communications company Inmarsat will come up with the right answer, because it could be worth millions in spikes on daily trading of the company’s stock, literally. With facts like that woven in the myriad of stories coming out from every direction, it gets even murkier to wade through the mystery of missing flight MH370 with its 239 passengers. and crew.


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    Sunday, March 23, 2014

    MH370: At last someone (a Pulitzer Prize winner) mentioned Altantuya

    Ref: USA Today

    Malaysia's bumbling ruling elite: 


    Lewis M. Simons 5:40 p.m. EDT March 23, 2014

    Fiasco over missing airliner just the latest example of country's 
    inept leadership.

    As errors, misstatements, retractions and head-scratching
    rationalizations tumble over each other in the case of Malaysia
    Airlines Flight 370, the world is coming to recognize what the
    country has known for decades — that Malaysia's leaders are
    accustomed to getting away with murder.

    Sometimes figuratively: For example, with elections looming and
    Prime Minister Najib Razak losing popularity, top opposition leader
    Anwar Ibrahim recently was sentenced to five years in prison on a
    sodomy charge. Two years ago, Anwar, who enjoys support in
    Washington, was acquitted after spending six years in prison on the
    same charge.

    And sometimes perhaps literally: In October 2006, the gruesome
    remains of a human body were discovered on a remote hilltop outside
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's principal city. There was no corpse,
    really, just hunks of flesh and shattered bone. DNA determined that
    the victim was a 28-year-old Mongolian woman who had been involved
    in a long love affair with one of Najib's closest advisers.

    These instances of real-life political shenanigans and
    pulp-fiction-style crime share deep cultural and behavioral traits
    with Malaysia's clumsy handling of the mysterious Boeing 777 and the
    239 people on board.

    Spinning dubious stories

    In the cases of the murder and the missing plane, Najib and other
    political leaders have felt free to spin their own dubious stories.
    The big difference is that this time, the world is watching as the
    leaders repeatedly are caught in their own web of claims and
    denials, allegations and refutations.

    Where does this arbitrary political culture come from?

    In 1979, following traumatic, bloody rioting between Malays and the
    substantial ethnic Chinese minority, the government granted a broad
    array of privileges to Malays, in effect ensuring them of perpetual

    This quota system also enabled the ruling party, which has held
    office for 60 years, to ride roughshod over the facts, as we now see
    regarding the missing plane. Questions such as how two Iranians
    carrying false passports were allowed to board were bungled. The
    matter of the jetliner turning off course went unreported.

    A full understanding of Malaysia's ineptitude on the world stage
    today isn't possible without recognizing the power elite's belief in
    its open-ended unassailability.

    Until the jetliner flickered off Malaysian radar screens, that
    misplaced cockiness was best seen in the case of the murdered woman,
    Altantuya Shaariibuu. She had accompanied Najib, then defense
    minister, and his adviser, Abdul Razak Baginda, her lover, on a trip
    to Paris to purchase two French-built submarines and an overhauled
    Spanish sub for Malaysia's Navy.

    The package was worth nearly $1 billion. French authorities are
    investigating whether the defense company gave a $100 million
    "commission" to Baginda. Shaariibuu, according to witnesses
    at her murder trial, demanded a $500,000 slice for her services as

    Blind eye to justice

    Once her remains were discovered, the short-reined domestic press
    turned a blind eye on the prime minister's evident connections,
    which he blithely denied. Baginda, an Oxford Ph.D., was imprisoned
    on charges of abetting the woman's murder.

    A year later, the high court acquitted Baginda. He left the country.
    A private investigator he had hired quickly filed a stunning
    declaration in court, implicating the prime minster and his wife in
    organizing and covering up the crime. Baginda quoted a text message
    the prime minister allegedly sent him after the woman's remains were
    discovered: "I am seeing IGP (inspector general of police) at 11
    a.m. today … matter will be solved ... be cool."

    Within 24 hours, the private detective, without explanation,
    replaced his declaration with a new one that erased all references
    to the prime minister. Then he fled Malaysia.

    In both documents, the detective identified two junior police
    officers on the prime minister's security detail as having carried
    out the killing. They were arrested, tried and sentenced to hang.
    That never happened. Last August, the pair were acquitted.

    After eight years, the murder case remains unresolved.

    Anwar is in limbo, appealing his sodomy conviction yet again.

    Najib, prime minister for five years, until now has remained aloof
    and secure from the world's stares. With the disappearance of Flight
    370 and the world pointing repeatedly to all the faulty information
    coming out of Malaysia, business as usual finally might be coming to
    an end.

    Lewis M. Simons, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was based in Malaysia with
    his wife and two daughters, who were born there.

     Ref: Al Jazeera:

    Malaysia Airlines flight: 'This is not a normal investigation'
    Malaysia's vanishing airplane catastrophe exposes the country's 
    political and social fault lines.
    Last updated: 20 Mar 2014 06:01
    Zarina Banu
    Zarina Banu is a freelance writer, focusing on economics and 
    business-policy in the Asia-Pacific.
    A catalogue of backtracking is defining the investigation thus far, 
    writes Banu [EPA]
    The crisis over Malaysia's missing Flight MH370 would surely test 
    any government. But Malaysia's handling of the search, investigation 
    and communication with the outside world has thrown it into an 
    uncomfortable spotlight and caught it severely off guard.
    The catastrophe is exposing the deep fault lines characterising the 
    country's political economy. Since independence from the British in 
    1957, Malaysia's ruling elite have built and reinforced a political 
    system that has institutionalised their cultural and economic 
    The system is so entrenched, it shapes and permeates all layers of 
    Malaysian society. Now we're seeing it play out in how the 
    administration is managing and communicating the investigation to 
    the rest of the world.
    A catalogue of backtracking is defining the investigation thus far, 
    frustrating the families of those on board and provoking a backlash 
    of anti-government feeling.
    We've seen Malaysian officials contradict each other over vital 
    early details about MH370's satellite communications systems. Acting 
    Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein and Malaysian Airlines CEO, 
    Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, have disagreed over whether the system was 
    switched off before or after the flight's co-pilot uttered the now 
    infamous signoff: "Alright goodnight" to ground control on 
    the morning of March 8 when the plane disappeared.
    Consequently, the pilot and co-pilot, Zaharie Shah and Fariq Ab 
    Hamid, became the first suspects, in a possible plot to sabotage or 
    hijack the Boeing 777, which led to bewilderment and distress 
    amongst the families.
    Inconsistencies also stood out in the police investigation. At one 
    point, Hishamuddin said police officers had visited the homes of the 
    pilots as early as March 9, the day after the aircraft vanished. But 
    police chief Khalid Abu Bakar then confused the issue by saying 
    officers had in fact not gone to the pilots' homes.
    Things were muddled from the start. The hunt for the ill-fated jet 
    began on March 8 in the South China Sea, was abandoned and diverted 
    to the Andaman Sea and Indian Ocean.
    Malaysians are concerned about the state of readiness of their 
    military, after radar tracked an unidentified object moving west 
    over peninsular Malaysia on March 8 and the air force took no 
    further action to ascertain what that object was.
    Sources close to the government have said, off-the-record since they 
    are not authorised to talk to the media, that they are unsure how to 
    manage the message.
    Sure, it is a trial that would test any government, agency or 
    communications team. With a daunting search involving more than 20 
    countries and stretching across some 6.2 million square miles, it's 
    like looking for a needle in a haystack.
    Yet, there are some fundamentals here that Malaysian government 
    agencies aren't following. What they should be doing is: Verify the 
    incoming information; unify the message; decide which agency takes 
    control of its dissemination and keep the families informed at all 
    The baffling stream of information must be heart-breaking for the 
    relatives of the 227 passengers and crew. Of those, 154 are Chinese, 
    a ratio which has prompted the mainland to rally behind their cause. 
    Families of the victims have been filmed shouting at Malaysian 
    officials as their grievance builds over the lack of information and 
    disorienting turn of events.
    China's Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Hong Lei, has even urged 
    Malaysia to provide, "comprehensive and correct 
    My message to the government would be: Yes, this is not a normal 
    investigation, but instead of playing victim to events, leverage the 
    nexus of abnormality, tragedy and interest in the story to recreate 
    a new Malaysia.
    Malaysian government under microscope
    Let's put it into context.
    The global glare of publicity is landing on an administration deeply 
    uncomfortable with any level of scrutiny.
    Malaysia's ruling party keeps tight control of all aspects of 
    domestic media - it is either state-sponsored, choked by 
    authorities, or opposition-led. Media outlets or editors that dare 
    question the administration perish by the wayside, or are ordered 
    back in line.
    At election time, the New Straits Times newspaper, a mouthpiece for 
    the ruling coalition will be awash with barely rewritten government 
    press releases, eulogising about the "achievements" of those 
    in power.
    What has this to do with Flight MH370? This stranglehold on free 
    expression has nurtured a government unused to being cross-examined 
    in public and more accustomed to changing its mind and message at 
    Moreover, the lack of oxygen given to rational democratic debate 
    within Malaysia has fostered a cosseted leadership that either goes 
    on the attack or retreats to its ideological ivory tower when it 
    feels imperiled.
    To enforce its intolerance of dissent, the Malaysian government 
    deploys powerful tools of control. Until September 2011, the 
    Internal Security Act (ISA) was a catch-all deterrent to those who 
    spoke out openly against the government.
    It sanctioned detention without trial and swept many opposition 
    members into solitary confinement. In its place, authorities have of 
    late been commandeering the Sedition Act to silence critics with 
    increasing vigour.
    This insidiousness has come to haunt the Malaysian government in its 
    current time of need. True, as Hishamuddin said, "This is not a 
    normal investigation".
    But his and his cohorts' mishandling of crisis communications has 
    made the government look shifty instead of perhaps being just plain 
    incompetent, adding rocket fuel to the plethora of theories on the 
    plane's whereabouts.
    Hishammuddin  - himself -  is political royalty: He's the current 
    prime minister's cousin, the son of Malaysia's third prime minister 
    and nephew of its second. With his blood ties, he could easily be 
    Malaysia's next prime minister.
    Ethnicity and connections are highly likely to determine one's fate 
    in Malaysia. Lucrative affirmative action policies promote ethnic 
    Malays over the more than 30 percent Chinese and Indian minorities. 
    The situation translates into each Malaysian being born with a 
    semi-pre-ordained destiny - boosted by state coffers - that will 
    decide which university you choose, what jobs you get, how many 
    children you have, or even whether you end up in the cabinet.
    Meanwhile, the elite have enriched themselves through a cosy network 
    of crony capitalism that venomously lashes out at those who threaten 
    its existence. Malaysia ranks third, behind only Russia and Hong 
    Kong, in The Economist's crony capitalism index 2014, a list of 
    "countries where politically-connected businessmen are most 
    likely to prosper".
    It's a sad indictment for a country that was once celebrated as 
    having as much economic potential as South Korea.
    Seize control of the situation
    Social media, Asia's rising economic clout and irreversible 
    globalisation mean the insular behaviour of the Malaysian government 
    is long past its sell by date.
    A Malaysian love of communication has neatly translated into a 
    wholehearted adoption of the internet and social media - and with 
    great effect. More and more Malaysians are turning to alternative 
    web sites like Malaysiakini, The Malaysia Insider and Free Malaysia 
    Today to source their news.
    Indeed, the opposition's popularity partly rests on the delivery of 
    its message through Facebook, SMS and whatsapp. Last year, the 
    opposition's frontline social media campaign helped it wrestle away 
    the government's crucial two thirds parliamentary majority, needed 
    to change the constitution.
    It's time the ruling coalition acknowledged that its supremacy - 
    which has benefitted the few at the cost of many - needs a serious 
    As a communications professional, my message to the government would 
    be: Yes, this is not a normal investigation, but instead of playing 
    victim to events, leverage the nexus of abnormality, tragedy and 
    interest in the story to recreate a new Malaysia.
    Zarina Banu is a freelance writer, focusing on economics and 
    business-policy in the Asia-Pacific.
    The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not 
    necessarily reflect Al Jazeera's editorial policy.

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    MH370 or UFO Mystery and The Disinformation Domination

    There is no doubt that something extraordinary has  happened to flight MH370. 
    Now we have too many people 'accidentally' involved  especially when the plane 
    is nowhere  to be found and too much dis-information is  spreading around.  
    We have nothing to hide," said Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein. "There is only confusion if you want to see confusion." - Hishammudin

    Earlier in the week, Malaysia's head of civil aviation, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, was asked why the Strait of Malacca was being searched and replied, "There are things I can tell you, and things I can't," suggesting that the government wasn't being completely transparent - DCA Chief

    Read more here:

    Such quote is enough to  describe Malaysia's unbelievable dis-information.
    The government cannot allow information that can topple the government or harm its interests.
    Especially if Altantuya (hint: Mongolia) has to do with the fate of MH370?
    Or something precious and very top secret is on that plane.

    There is a possibility we may never know what really happened - just like Altantuya.


    The latest  blunder 'crap' piece from Berita Harian has made things  even more 
    intriguing but very interesting! It contained some hidden message.

    This became obvious when Vietnam started to scaled down its SAR operation 
    and China deploying 10  satellites to analyze the area.  
     Rodzali has since insisted that he did not make the comments attributed to him by the Berita Harian newspaper, and the report was "inaccurate and incorrect". 
    The search on Wednesday swung even further up Malaysia's west coast, towards the Andaman Sea, but officials gave no indication there was a firm reason to expand the search other than its failure to bear fruit so far. 
    In his latest remarks, Rodzali said authorities were investigating an unidentified flying object about 200 miles (320 kilometres) northwest of the Malaysian state of Penang - a long way from the flight path - around the time the plane vanished. 
    "We are corroborating this. We are not saying this is MH370. It's an unidentified plot," he said at a news conference Wednesday.   - 


    If you read this blog thoroughly you will see - it seems something else (not  MH370 as reported by many sources)  is moving from MH370 (last known position) point of last track to Pulau Perak.  During this plot the movement of that something was like a fighter jet!.

    It could be both UFO and MH370. Or something happened to MH370 that it became a UFO? 

    As for now don't believe everything (100%) you read, see or hear because real things could be a lot different that what they seem to appear. It is kind of an illusion or magic in the  media sky where only people with the true 'eyes' of observation can see. 

    1. `The officials told ABC they believe the plane's data reporting system was shut down at 1:07 a.m. Saturday, while the transponder transmitting location and altitude was shut down at 1:21 a.m. 
    "This is beginning to come together to say that ...this had to have been some sort of deliberate act," ABC aviation analyst John Nance told CNN's Erin Burnett.` - ABC News
    2. `In addition, U.S. radar experts have looked at the Malaysian military radar track, which seemed to show the jet flying hundreds of miles off course west of its flight path, and back across the Malay Peninsula. Sources said the radar appears to be legitimate and there is a strong reason to suspect that the unidentified blips – seen on military controller screens – are images of Flight 370. . ` - CBS 
    3. The US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorised to discuss the situation by name, said the Boeing 777-200 wasn’t transmitting data to the satellite, but was instead sending out a signal to establish contact.
    Boeing offers a satellite service that can receive a stream of data during flight on how the aircraft is functioning and relay the information to the plane’s home base. The idea is to provide information before the plane lands on whether maintenance work or repairs are needed.
    Malaysia Airlines didn’t subscribe to that service, but the plane still had the capability to connect with the satellite and was automatically sending pings, the official said..’ ’- TheAustralian

    4. David Coiley, a vice president of Inmarsat, a British satellite telecommunications provider, said the missing plane had been equipped with a signaling system from the company that sends out a "keep-alive message" to establish that the plane's communications system is still switched on.

    The plane sent out a series of such messages after radar contact was lost, he said. Those messages later stopped, but he declined to specify precisely when or how many messages had been received. Coiley said Inmarsat was sharing the information with the airline and investigators.

    "It does allow us to determine where the airplane is relative to the satellite," he said of the signal, which he likened to the "noises you might hear when you when a cellphone sits next to a radio or a television speaker." He said: "It does allow us to narrow down the position of the aircraft" - at the moment when the signal was sent. - NDTv

    5. "One thing that does bother me greatly is the fact that unidentified aircraft could navigate back over Malaysia and out to sea without a physical or material response to that fact," said Britain-based aviation security consultant Chris Yates. "They were not watching." -  Press Association Independent


    It is all about communication and communication is  about movement 
    of SIGNAL from one place to another.

    SIGNAL is derived from wave and frequency. 

    A movement (speed) of an object is detected through a frequency.


    Malaysia jet search swings northwest, stoking criticism (UPDATED)

     Missing MAS flight

     2014-03-12 11:03

    by Dan Martin

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 12, 2014 (AFP) - The search for a missing 
    Malaysian jet swung northwest towards the Andaman Sea on Wednesday, 
    far from its intended flight path, exposing Malaysia to mounting 
    criticism that its response was in disarray.

    Vietnam scaled back its efforts to locate Malaysia Airlines flight 
    370, carrying 239 passengers, which had focused on the South China 
    Sea where the jet last made contact on a journey between Kuala 
    Lumpur and Beijing.

    No trace of the plane has been found since it vanished on Saturday, 
    and contradictory and incomplete information from Malaysian 
    authorities has infuriated relatives enduring an unbearable wait for 
    news of their loved ones.

    "We are not going to leave any chance. We have to look at every 
    possibility," civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told 
    AFP, confirming the expansion to the Andaman Sea, which lies north 
    of Indonesia's Sumatra island.

    He did not indicate whether the decision to expand the multi-nation 
    hunt hundreds of kilometres (miles) to the northwest of the original 
    search radius was based on any firm indications the plane might be 

    Confusing and contradictory

    Authorities had earlier expanded the zone to the Malacca Strait off 
    Malaysia's west coast after citing radar data they said indicated a 
    "possibility" the plane may have changed course from its 
    intended flight path over the South China Sea.

    But the shifting search areas have fuelled perceptions of official 

    Frustration mounted in Malaysia, with the country's active social 
    media and some press outlets turning from sympathy for families of 
    relatives to anger over the fruitless search.

    "The mood among Malaysians now is moving from patience in the 
    search for the 239 people aboard the missing flight MH370 to 
    embarrassment and anger over discrepancies about passengers, 
    offloaded baggage and concealed information about its last known 
    position," Malaysian Insider, a leading news portal, said in a 

    Twitter users took aim at contradictory reports, and confusion over 
    whether the jet had deviated from its intended course.

    "If the Malaysian military did not see MH370 turn toward the 
    Malacca Strait, then why the search? Who decided to look there and 
    why?," one comment said.

    "I think Malaysia Airlines and the Malay government is trying to 
    cover up or hide something about flight MH370," wrote another.

    The anger and embarrassment were compounded by a report aired in an 
    Australian news programme of a past cockpit security breach 
    involving the co-pilot on the missing jet.

    Malaysia Airlines said Tuesday it was "shocked" over the 
    report that First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, along with a fellow 
    pilot violated airline rules in 2011 by allowing two young South 
    African women into their cockpit during a flight.

    The report included photos of the women in the cockpit, with one 
    appearing to show them posing with a man resembling Fariq. 
    Passengers have been prohibited from entering cockpit during flights 
    after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

    Analysts said pressure on Malaysian authorities could derail 
    complicated search and rescue efforts.

    "Public pressure may result in the command structure and unity 
    of the search to crack. This is not what we want," said Gerry 
    Soejatman, an independent aviation analyst based in Jakarta.

    "Once that cracks, information and ability to verify becomes a 
    problem and reckless speculation will overwhelm common sense."

    Vietnam suspends air search

    Vietnam, whose southern coast had been the focus of the recovery 
    effort, said it had suspended its air search and scaled back sea 
    operations as it waited for Malaysia to clarify the potential new 
    direction of the multi-national hunt.

    "We've decided to temporarily suspend some search and rescue 
    activities, pending information from Malaysia," deputy minister 
    of transport Pham Quy Tieu said.

    "We've asked Malaysian authorities twice, but so far they have 
    not replied to us," Tieu said, when asked about a media report 
    that the plane had been detected over the Strait of Malacca.

    "We informed Malaysia on the day we lost contact with the flight 
    that we noticed the flight turned back west but Malaysia did not 
    respond," he added.

    Malaysia's air force reiterated on Wednesday it had not ruled out 
    the possibility the Boeing 777 inexplicably changed course, but 
    denied the report it had been detected in the Malacca Strait, far 
    from its planned flight path.

    "For the time being, it would not be appropriate... to issue any 
    official conclusions as to the aircraft's flight path until a high 
    amount of certainty and verification is achieved," Air Force 
    chief General Rodzali Daud said in a statement.

    "However all ongoing search operations are at the moment being 
    conducted to cover all possible areas where the aircraft could have 
    gone down in order to ensure no possibility is overlooked."

    Authorities have so far revealed no details on radar data they said 
    indicated a possible "turn-back".

    The search zone shift is the latest twist in the mystery surrounding 
    the plane. On Tuesday, Malaysian authorities said two men travelling 
    on stolen passports appear to be Iranian illegal immigrants -- 
    easing fears of terrorism.

    Malaysia's national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar has said his 
    officers are not ruling anything out but were now focusing on a 
    possible hijacking, sabotage, or psychological or personal problems 
    among passengers or crew.

    The search operation grew to involve 42 ships and 35 aircraft as of 
    Tuesday, from Southeast Asian countries, Australia, China, New 
    Zealand and the United States.

    China, which had 153 of its nationals on board the plane, said it 
    would harness 10 satellites equipped with high-resolution imaging to 
    help in the search.

    Boeing said it was joining a US government team to try to unravel 
    the mystery of what happened to its 777-200 plane.

    The Botched Hunt for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

    Time is running out for the passengers aboard an airliner that 
    mysteriously disappeared. And the man allegedly in charge of search 
    and rescue mission is in danger of blowing it.

    Who exactly is coordinating the release of information about the 
    fate of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370? Nobody, it would seem. It 
    depends which source you listen to—the government officials, the 
    airline, or the Malaysian military. For there to be such imprecision 
    in the information and so many contradictions between sources four 
    days into a search would be farcical were it not for the tragedy 
    unfolding and the distress being caused. Working quietly in the 
    background, and clearly becoming frustrated, are crash investigators 
    and a team sent to Malaysia by Boeing.

    The chief of the Malaysian air force, General Rodzali Daud, who 
    seems to feel he should appear as a voice of authority, was 
    responsible for a radical revision of the supposed course of the 
    Boeing 777. Now, he has said, the airplane changed direction from 
    the direct route to Bejing and, instead, turned clear away from that 
    course toward the south west and, apparently the last contact made 
    with the airplane was an hour later than previously stated, 2:40am. 
    If it carried on following this path it was heading out over the 
    Andaman Sea toward India.

    All this confusion makes it far harder for the searchers to know 
    where to look. The absence still of any wreckage suggests that the 
    airplane went over one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, 
    the Strait of Malacca. If it had crashed into that stretch of water 
    it would have been like ditching in the English Channel—scores of 
    ships would have seen it. This also an area known for piracy, which 
    means that military radar surveillance would have been highly 

    The Malaysians have not even made the first basic step necessary to 
    the investigation, to provide a timeline of contacts between the 
    ground stations and the airplane after it left Kuala Lumpur. 
    Instead, there are suggestions that the airplane’s transponders, 
    essential to its navigation and to the controllers tracking it 
    because they continually confirm its position, were turned off. 
    That, of course, implies some kind of human intervention. But it 
    could equally be the case that the transponders failed, in spite of 
    the Boeing 777 having backup power systems to ensure that that never 
    happens, which in turn could be caused by some catastrophic systems 
    shutdown on the airplane.

    Commander William Marks of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet told CNN’s 
    Wolf Blitzer that despite the search being re-directed to the Gulf 
    of Thailand and deploying two destroyers, helicopters and a P3 
    marine surveillance airplane with the world’s most advanced 
    equipment not a single piece of debris had been spotted. “It’s 
    not a matter of if we could see something,” said Commander Marks. 
    “We’ve picked up small wooden crates on our radar, something as 
    small as a soccer ball.”

        Confusion abounds. And that confusion makes it far harder for 
    the searchers to know where to look.

    If it is true that the 777 headed off into the vastness of the 
    Andaman Sea toward India, no longer able to relay its position, it 
    could eerily have echoes of what happened over the Mediterranean in 
    2005. A Boeing 737 of Helios Airways flying from Larnaca, Cyprus, to 
    Athens suffered what was called an uncontrolled decompression, due 
    to a mistake made by the crew to the cabin pressurization settings 
    after a door seal had been affected by freezing temperatures. Oxygen 
    gradually leaked from the airplane and as a result the passengers 
    and crew were rendered unconscious. The 737 flew on for three hours 
    until it ran out of fuel and crashed into a mountain in Greece.

    Greek fighter planes were scrambled to fly alongside the airplane 
    and reported that the captain’s seat was empty and the copilot was 
    slumped at the controls.

    All of this happened in daylight, and controllers were aware that 
    something was amiss. And to be sure, the 737 is mechanically 
    dissimilar to the far more advanced 777 of Flight 370, but the 
    phenomenon of a slow pressurization leak cannot be ruled out.

    The 7th Fleet’s Commander Marks was far too diplomatic in his 
    language to admit that his mission is being hampered by the chronic 
    confusions of the Malaysian authorities. “We’re here for as long 
    as they need us,” he said.

    Malaysia Failing to Manage Plane Crisis Exposes Leadership Limit

    Sharon Chen and Jason Scott, ©2014 Bloomberg News

    Published 12:32 pm, Tuesday, March 11, 2014 

    March 12 (Bloomberg) -- Malaysia, aspiring to become a developed 
    nation in six years, is finding that more than 50 years under one 
    coalition and tight control over information is a mismatch for 
    handling a rapidly growing crisis followed across the world.

    China is calling on Malaysia to be more transparent as Prime 
    Minister Najib Razak lets his cousin, Acting Transport Minister 
    Hishammuddin Hussein, be the face of the investigation into why a 
    Malaysian Airline System Bhd. plane vanished on March 8. It was en 
    route to Beijing with 239 people on board. Investigators from at 
    least nine countries are trying to locate the jet.

    Najib’s United Malays National Organisation leads the coalition 
    governing the Southeast Asian nation. Only in recent years has it 
    seen a move toward competitive elections, in some districts, that 
    put a premium on public speaking. The government’s lack of a clear 
    message, compounded by a series of false leads on the plane’s 
    whereabouts and questions on coordination, risks undermining its 
    image internationally.

    “They’re handling a huge global issue as if it was domestic 
    politics,” said Clive Kessler, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and 
    Anthropology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, who has 
    analyzed the nation’s politics for half a century. “With the 
    cause of the disappearance still unknown you can understand the need 
    for discretion and caution but it’s being perceived in Malaysia 
    and elsewhere in the region as a bid to hide the truth.”

    ‘Doesn’t Work’

    Najib’s administration is sending the message that people should 
    let the “government tell them what they need to know, when they 
    need to know it, and not before,” Kessler said. “That’s the 
    way they’ve acted for generations and they are starting to find 
    out it doesn’t work anymore.”

    Many newspapers and television networks in Malaysia are controlled 
    by the government directly or indirectly. And Najib, 60, has yet to 
    make good on a pledge to replace the nation’s Sedition Act with 
    legislation that would protect free speech while preventing 
    incitement of religious or ethnic hatred. The law, which dates back 
    to 1948 when Malaysia was under British control, mandates jail 
    sentences of at least three years for words deemed seditious, 
    including those that “excite dissatisfaction” against the 

    Government-controlled Malaysian Airlines said in a statement 
    yesterday it would “continue to be transparent in communicating 
    with the general public via the media” on all matters affecting 
    Flight 370.

    Stolen Passports

    Nations searching for the plane had little to go on with no distress 
    calls, emergency-beacon signals, bad weather or other signs why an 
    airliner would lose touch in one of the safest phases of flight. The 
    discovery that two passengers boarded the missing flight using 
    stolen passports raised concern about Malaysia’s immigration 
    security practices.

    “The Malaysian side cannot shirk its responsibilities,” the 
    Global Times, a Chinese government-controlled newspaper, said in an 
    editorial on March 10. “The initial response from Malaysia was not 
    swift enough. There are loopholes in the work of Malaysia Airlines 
    and security authorities.”

    Faced with pressure from families of the 153 Chinese nationals who 
    were on the flight, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang for 
    a second day yesterday noted the lack of progress in finding the 
    Boeing Co. 777-200.

    “We once again request and urge the Malaysia side to enhance and 
    strengthen rescue and searching efforts,” Qin told reporters in 

    Chinese Trade

    “The Chinese government is under quite a lot of pressure,” said 
    Xu Liping, senior fellow at the National Institute of International 
    Strategy at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. 
    Ordinary people in China feel the investigation “has not been 

    Broader ties between Malaysia and China probably won’t suffer, he 
    said, citing a phone conversation between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang 
    and Najib on March 8 about the missing flight. “This channel has 
    been unimpeded.”

    China accounted for 8.262 billion ringgit ($2.52 billion) of 
    Malaysia’s exports in January, the second-largest amount after 
    Singapore. Malaysia approved $920 million of foreign investment from 
    China in the manufacturing sector in 2013, up from $646 million the 
    year earlier, according to the Malaysian Investment Development 
    Authority. The Malaysia market has not shown much reaction this week 
    to the missing plane, with the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Index down 
    0.2 percent this week.

    Cautious Personality

    It is understandable that Najib doesn’t want a high profile in 
    this situation given his cautious personality, according to Joseph 
    Liow, associate dean of the S. Rajaratnam School of International 
    Studies in Singapore.

    “He’s not one who would go to the front of the camera and do 
    lots of chest thumping and wave the flag and all that without being 
    certain that there’s substantive” progress in the investigation, 
    he said. “Hisham is very different from his cousin. He’s someone 
    who is not uncomfortable with the limelight,” he said, referring 
    to Hishammuddin.

    Hishammuddin, 52, has been the acting minister since a general 
    election last May. He is unable to formally take the role given 
    internal coalition rules on which party takes particular posts in 

    Other Asian leaders have faced questions for not reacting to crises 
    immediately. Philippine President Benigno Aquino was criticized for 
    taking two days to visit victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan last year. 
    So was China’s former premier, Wen Jiabao, when he took more than 
    two weeks to visit the site of the country’s worst snow storms in 
    50 years in 2008.

    Delegating Tasks

    In the U.S., President George W. Bush was criticized for his 
    handling of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 after he 
    remained on vacation as New Orleans flooded. He cut short the break 
    by two days to survey the damage from the air, something he later 
    said was a “huge mistake” since it made him look “detached and 

    Najib needs to assure Malaysians and the international community 
    that his government is doing all it can, said Vishnu Varathan, an 
    economist at Mizuho Bank Ltd. in Singapore.

    “What could have been done was the prime minister delegating the 
    transport secretary to locating the plane and assigning one other 
    person in charge of investigating the security breach and another to 
    handle international relations,” he said. “It’s not easy to 
    convey all that is happening in the background and the government 
    needs to highlight these things.”

    Airline Statement

    Compounding the image that authorities in charge of the 
    investigation are struggling to communicate effectively, Malaysian 
    Airlines issued three versions of a press statement yesterday to 
    correct several errors. One was a reference to an “expensive” 
    rescue operation, which it meant to call “extensive.”

    While he has remained silent on the details of the investigation, 
    Najib postponed a trip to Mauritius, according to Malaysia’s 
    state-run news service, Bernama. He also met the families of the 
    crew from the missing plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, 
    his press office said on Twitter on March 8.

    “I assure you we are doing everything possible within our 
    means,” Najib said on Twitter on March 9. “We thank you for your 
    prayers, assistance and show of solidarity.”

    Najib’s office directed queries on China’s concerns about the 
    handling of the incident to authorities involved in the 

    ‘Hisham’s Test’

    Hishammuddin, who is also defense minister, was elected a vice 
    president of UMNO in October, putting him in line to possibly 
    succeed Najib. He is the nephew of Malaysia’s second prime 
    minister, Najib’s father, Abdul Razak Hussein.

    “It’s a lack of experience, anybody would be tested,” said 
    Bridget Welsh, a political science professor at Singapore Management 
    University. “This is Hisham’s test, and Najib’s government’s 

    Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who led the country through 
    the 1998 Asian financial crisis, “was a stronger leader,” said 
    RSIS’s Liow.

    Mahathir responded with capital controls when investors fled Asian 
    economies during the crisis. He called billionaire financier George 
    Soros a “moron” who was trying to destroy growth through 
    speculative attacks on the currency.

    --With assistance from Chris Blake in Bangkok, Henry Sanderson and 
    Xin Zhou in Beijing and Karl Lester M. Yap in Manila.