By Ng Kee Seng
: Newly minted Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had better wake up to face the realities of MAS, MH370 and MH17.
When valid questions on air safety are raised and MAS is questioned, it does not necessarily mean the critics have an agenda other than plain concern.
To those who are quick to accuse critics of being insensitive to the victims and their families, it’s too bad that they think so.
When is the best time to question? No need to question? Just trust the authorities blindly?
So, do these critics think MAS is absolved from any blame or responsibility just because the passenger jet was shot down?
Just blame the aggressors? Yes, the aggressors deserve to go to hell for killing 298 innocent people aboard MH17 but are all the international aviation authorities and MAS angels? They are absolved from the causes of this tragedy?
Liow had said in a media briefing: “The flight path taken by MH17 was approved by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), and by the countries whose airspace the route passed through.
“The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) has also stated that the airspace the aircraft was traversing was unrestricted.”
Liow had also repeatedly said the route taken by MH17 was approved and deemed safe.
If it was safe, the 298 people aboard MH17 would still be alive today.
If it was safe, ICAO and IATA would not have closed the route immediately after lives were lost.
Of course ICAO, IATA and MAS would continue to claim that the flight path was safe and put the blame solely on the aggressors who shot down the aircraft. If not, they would be shooting themselves in the foot.
So much for trusting the authorities for transparency and honesty.
The flight path is just too close to a war zone where earlier in the week two Ukranian military jets were shot down by pro-Russian separatist rebels.
You call that airspace safe?
Yes, many other airlines had also continued to use the MH17 route daily. Does that mean that they are right? If so, it is akin to saying the herd mentality is always right.
However, what have ICAO, IATA and MAS got to say to the minority number of airlines which had wisely taken precautions to avoid the route because they chose to prioritise the safety of their passengers?
They were prepared to incur more cost and flying time for passenger safety! In short, they had the foresight to anticipate danger and cut down risks on passenger safety.
Did ICAO, IATA and MAS think in the same wavelength as the wise management of those airlines which had avoided the flight path?
In fact, the wise people of such airlines should take over the leadership of ICAO and IATA! No shame and transparency in such international aviation leaders!
The leaders of ICAO and IATA should resign immediately to take responsibility!
So, Liow, as far as MAS is concerned, the management clearly needs to be changed.
The Malaysian government and MAS need to take responsibility and change.
They need to assemble a competent and transparent management for MAS that knows when to take precautionary action when it comes to passenger safety. Not just follow blindly and ignore better judgment.
A flight path or airspace may be approved but it does not necessarily mean it is safe. It took 298 lives to tell ICAO, IATA and MAS to realise their folly.
They all forgot or ignored the realities of taking risks flying too close to a war zone. That is the reality of the tragedy.
Enough of leaders who only provide lip service on air passenger safety and security.
So, now do you still think ICAO, IATA and MAS are absolved from any blame or responsibility for the tragedy?
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