Ladies and Gentlemen,
The ongoing information received shows that Malaysian military radar had spotted the missing plane turning sharp West after losing radio contact over South China Sea.
They also knew that immediately thereafter it climbed to 43,000 feet, 10, 000 feet above the service celling of the Boeing 777. It then dropped immediately thereafter to 23,000 feet, flew right across the Malay Peninsula over Penang and then made a right heading towards the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. All this, Malaysian military was aware.
My question to the Malaysian military is this. If you knew that one of your commercial aeroplanes is behaving erratically, diverting from its normal flight path within your airspace, flying right across your country, why did you not do anything?
Surely the right thing to do, in this day and age of piracy in the air and terrorism, is to scramble your fighter jets immediately to intercept this airliner and find out what exactly is the monkey business going on.
And had they done so, we would have known exactly what happened to the aircraft one week ago. Because of their inaction, although they may not have been able to save lives or perhaps, dozens of countries have been put through the agony of not knowing what happened, had to spend huge sums of money and effort to solve the jigsaw puzzle which it has now become.
This is downright inefficient. There is no other way to put it.
And this is where I have to confess that although I don't hold Lee Kuan Yew and his Son's administration in very high regard, I have to say that when it comes to safeguarding their borders, they are way ahead of the Malaysians.
As an example, I remember some years ago, a Spanish pilot flying his small single engine propeller private plane Beechcraft Bonanza from the Maldives to Singapore lost his radio while approaching Singapore. He also lost all electricity and had to rely on his flashlight pen to read the instruments to find his way. Not being able to contact the plane Singapore Air Force immediately scrambled jets to intercept him ordering him to land at Seletar. It was then they discovered why the aircraft could not communicate with Singapore ATC. What was even more surprising is the fact that the pilot, an elderly man, was paralyzed from waist down and had modified his aircraft to control the foot brake and rudder pedals with his hands!
And it appears that this very question, as to why they didn't do anything, was put to the Malaysian military, and their incredulous response appears to be "Since the plane did not appear hostile, we didn't do anything"!
I suppose if an unidentified aircraft had entered Malaysian airspace, flew over Kuala Lumpur and bombed it to smithereens, they would have still said, "We didn't do anything because the aircraft did not appear hostile"
So much for the efficiency, or rather the lack of, the Malaysian military. What were they doing at the time, drinking tea and smoking cigarettes?
Attorney at Law
Fremont, California USA
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