Ever since news broke on a week ago that MH370 lost communications shortly after departing from Kuala Lumpur, I’ve been obsessively reading up on the progress of the search for the still very lost MH370. My attachment to MAS began when I was a baby and never really ended, even after AirAsia appeared on the scene. My relatives in East Malaysia still regularly fly with MAS. In fact, my uncle flew MAS from Guangzhou to Kuala Lumpur a couple of days after MH370 disappeared.
The more I read about how the Malaysian government handled this crisis, the more I understood Malaysians’ negative sentiments about Najib and his government.
Now that it’s been ascertained that the plane was most likely hijacked and could have flown to India, Kazakhstan, Perth or some distant city, it’s fair to say no one’s happy with how long it took for the Malaysian government to come to this conclusion. The Sydney Morning Herald wrote an excellent piece about how the current ruling party in Malaysia was being shredded on the international stage for their handling of the crisis. Having answered to no one in the past, let alone to their own people, the senior ministers of Najib’s cabinet have been struggling all week doing their jobs and failing miserably.
My heart goes out to the families of the crew and passengers of the flight who’s been hearing everything from hearsay to established fact and still have no idea what’s happened to their loved ones after seven whole days. The longer the plane is not found, the harder it will be to find it. I just pray that these families will not have to be at the mercy of rumours and lies and have closure sooner rather than later.