Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Mysterious Tragedy

The PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak had concluded that the MH370 ended its fight in the Indian Ocean, suggesting that 339 lives went down into the boisterous sea with it. A tearful gloom descended on the nation, bemoaning the departure of beloved ones with no concrete evidence of their demise. The objects identified by satellites in the area believed to be the watery grave for MH370 had not been positively proven to be related to the ill-fated aircraft. Not even any of the 122 objects recently identified.

Two primary questions remained unanswered.

(1)Why did the aircraft make a u-turn presumably to get to the nearest airport for an emergency landing - the airport being Langkawi International Airport? Is it due to a fire as a result of an electrical short circuit which required all power lines and the on-board transponder to be switched off, or there was some kind of hijacking?

(2) Why did the aircraft overshot Langkawi and continued to fly on autopilot until it ran out of fuel, assuming that the sudden descent from 35,000 feet or so to 5,000 was due to the intended emergency landing.

The questions will remain unanswered until the black box is found, or some kind of a foul-play is proven. Investigations are still going on and it's unfair to blame the Malaysian government or the authorities involved as inefficient in handling the investigation or hiding certain information.As it is Malaysia had released a lot of what would otherwise be classified information to nations involved in the search.

The scope for a suspicion of foul-play is endless. Planes have been hijacked for many reasons and not all mysteries are solved for hidden hands can remain unseen or presented as a helping hand.It would be too much for Malaysia to be involved in that kind of investigation. Helping the bereaved is the first priority. Let the international players handle the cloak and dagger issue, if there is one.

For now, there are still those who hoped that the plane has been hijacked and are kept in a secret place. If that is true and the passengers will be returned alive and well one day, we shall yet see people thanking hijackers, whatever price they seek for the return of the hostages, for saving their loved ones.

After all, the impossible can happen in international politics and power play.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Missing Plane Mind Boggler….

The attention of all Malaysians and kind-hearted sympathisers in fifteen nations (including countries whose citizens were among those on board) has been focused on the missing MH370 for over ten days now. The most advanced technological know-how and aeronautic expertise have been utilised to locate the missing plane with some 230 people on board, without any success. With the exception of one Malay mumbo-jumbo expert (bomoh) called in to help out in the search, no paranormal psychologists or prescience experts had been summoned to assist. I am sure these gifted people can also help in some ways to give more focus to the search. As of now it had been moving around from the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean, to the Straits of Malacca, to the Australian desert and God knows where next.some pray only when desperate

It's most amazing that human beings have been involved in space probes,microcosmic and microscopic research and research into the unknown spheres of spiritual life with some startling result. Yet the search for a missing plane continues to baffle everyone while the fate of more than two hundred lives on board hang in the balance giving nightmares to the bereaved relatives.Under the situation I for one would be happy to know that the plane has been hijacked and kept in a secret place with everyone on board alive and well. One might even consider granting the hijackers an amnesty with some rewards (especially for the pilots and his assistant) if all the people on board are returned safely to their families….the anguished relatives

This exasperating drama and unsolved mystery with more than 230 lives at stake, had however proved that people in many countries and of all races can work together, share information and trust each other, in spite of the differences in their political belief and faith. The amount of theories and speculations put forward, attests to the fertility of the human minds when agitated by a human tragedy. Yet when agitated by national and political interests, nations and people in the same nation can go for each other's throats and kill without any mercy or compunction, especially with the help of the advanced technology (in weaponry and armament) which they had developed.waiting for the loved ones to return

How unthinking and capricious can the human beings be! We readily mobilised national assets, human power, and expertise to save human lives,but can waste them mercilessly because of a transient political dogma, a wacky political or military leader, and the powerful, brainwashing media.How pitiful….how stupid sometimes.

So let us intensify the search for the missing plane and the lives involved, using all the technologies and human expertise we have. Let's have less talk and more work at both the manual and spiritual level, calling in all nations to assist in whatever way they can. If this exasperating and perplexing drama can help the nations of the world to get together and the people on board the plane brought back alive and well, it can then be considered as a God-send challenge to us human beings… The Malaysians have of course been traumatised by the incident and have renewed their faith in the will of the All Mighty.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

big heart small wallet..big wallet small heart...

Too many a time while having some food at a restaurant or an eatery, a blind beggar walks in assisted by a well-dressed woman or man with perfect eyesight, holding out his hand for some alms. Even the beggar is quite well dressed and on one occasion he was wearing an expensive-looking windbreaker. I gave him a fiver and he went around from table to table collecting red and blue notes from no less than twenty customers at the eatery. He must have collected close to a hundred bucks or even more.begging even with a kid in the street

Next he was doing the same in a nearby restaurant. I got suspicious and after finishing my dinner I followed him at a distance to a car park. I saw him stopped at a shiny compact car, drew out a cigarette from a golden box, stuck it to his lips with a flourish, then lit it up with a golden lighter which gave out a rich 'tinkle' when closed, denoting one of a high quality. After a few puff he got into the driver's seat, the lady assistance taking the seat by his his side and they drove the shop

That's the modern beggar. My wife said that he would go round again visiting the same restaurants and eateries after a few hours to get more money from people with a big heart. I am told that there are also syndicates using smaller boys and girls to go around begging and being later paid a certain percentage of the money collected. Some of them also hanged around gas stations armed with some papers to show that they were collecting funds for building a mosque, a school for the poor, a welfare home etc.a child beggar pulled away by the authority

People with a big heart would give to the beggars and fund collectors without raising any question. I noted that they were the people with small or rather old cars, even with just a motor cycle for transport, and not by their dress not too well off. They gave out just a small sum, often with a smile, a look of pity or concerned, and never asked for a receipt or any token from the fund collectors. They really are big hearted for they certainly know that begging and soliciting money without a proper letter of authorisation is against the law. I have never seen any of them threatening a beggar that he or she could be reported to the police or the welfare department and be arrested.

But I've seen some well dressed and authoritative characters driving around in big expensive cars, not only turning away some beggars or the fund collectors but threatening to call the police to arrest them. In view of the fact that the beggars hounding the restaurants and eateries or fund collectors, looking more like beggars, seeking contributions at the same places or at the gas stations, can really create a bad image for the nation, I tend to agree that such activities should be discouraged. But my heart always sympathise with them, even when I suspect that they are deceiving the public. Giving away a few ringgit certainly would not make me any poorer. But scolding them or threatening them in the public as done by some of the people with big or fat wallets, simply doesn't appeal to my sense of righteousness.