17 March 2014
AS THE Malaysia Airlines jetliner remains missing for the second week, Malaysia continues to face international fire for its crisis management, although domestic anger has cooled a little after the extraordinary aspects of the crisis became clear.
Prime Minister Najib Razak made an unexpected live television broadcast on Saturday, a week after the plane disappeared, to announce a dramatic twist in the search for the Beijing-bound MH370.
In his first major statement since the crisis began, he stressed the unprecedented nature of a situation where a plane had its communication systems disabled, and flew in the opposite direction for almost seven hours before vanishing.
… “China, in particularly, still clearly thinks that Malaysia is hiding something, or is plain incompetent,” said political analyst Oh Ei Sun, a senior fellow at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
He added that while it was not unusual for a top Malaysian leader to make major announcements, Mr Najib’s appearance could have been in response to criticism, especially from China, that the investigations were being left in the hands of a lesser-ranked minister.
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