Thursday, March 13, 2014

The world now sees the real Malaysia

People say that a person's true qualities will be shown when tragedy happens...

SEPANG, Malaysia — Malaysia’s governing elite has clung to power without interruption since independence from Britain almost six decades ago through a combination of tight control of information, intimidation of the opposition and, until recently, robust economic growth.

But worldwide bafflement at the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has challenged the country’s paternalistic political culture and exposed its coddled leaders to the withering judgments of critics from around the world.

The world is finally feeling the frustration that we’ve been experiencing for years,” said Lee Ee May, a management consultant and a former aide to a Malaysian opposition politician.

Ms. Lee said she was embarrassed when the country’s defense minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, the scion of a powerful political family, rejected a reporter’s assertion on Wednesday that the search for the airplane had been disordered.

“It’s only confusion if you want it to be seen to be confusion,” Mr. Hishammuddin said at a news conference that unfolded before an international audience.

"Are you confused?"

"Take it from me..."

NYT: Malaysian leaders face rare criticisms from outside

Bernama: Malaysia fails credibility test

USA Today: A pathetic and incompetent leader

Reuters: An even more pathetic air defence system

Boston: Missing flight reveals a third world mentality

Malay Mail: Worried about red faces caused delay in search

NYT: A routine flight until routine and flight vanishes

USA Today: Malaysia's bumbling government

Kee Thuan Chye: How much longer can Malaysian government hide?

Al Jazeera: This is not a normal government

CBS: Malaysian government has serious credibility issues

WA Today: Never ending mistakes, backdowns and corrections

Bangkok Post: Malaysia's response to missing jet is shameful

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Our Immigration Officers can't tell Asians from Caucasians

Our politicians are now making a fool of themselves on the international stage (they must have tired of only performing to a local audience) and have chosen a very inappropriate time to do so.

The fate of the missing MH370 flight hangs in the balance as our Transport Minister (Acting) and DG of Aviation make fools of themselves on Live TV.

First of all it was revealed that two passengers who had false passports on the flight had Caucasian names. How they could get on the flight was dismissed as a common occurrence happening all over the world by the transport minister. Then it was revealed that they actually looked Asian but could still fool our immigration officers (Immigration later explained that its all SOP - standard stuff everyone knows la....).

The next day it became "clear" that they actually looked more like Mario Balotelli as revealed by our DG who couldn't even pronounce Balotelli correctly and had to be corrected by the reporters!

"Was it Bartoli or Balotelli on the plane?"

And finally, on the next day... tadaa!! Surprise, surprise they look just like Iranians!

Kee Thuan Chye: What's Going On??

National Post: Malaysian DG makes "strange" comparisons to Balotelli 

Channel4: This must be the weirdest press conference ever!

Telegraph: All Malaysians are liars!

SMH: More confusion and misinformation

Malay Mail: Malaysia's weak leadership exposed

Malaysian Insider: Seven errors in the search for MH370 and counting

Sakmongkol AK47:  RM13bn to 16bn spent on our defence system each year but none of it seen being used to help search for MH370