Continuing on from an earlier MH370 post made here, I want to consider the plane’s disappearance from a different perspective.
I have no doubt it was a tragedy, and reiterating what I said earlier/elsewhere I am also sure there are people walking the streets of Kuala Lumpur and elsewhere who have a much better understanding of what happened than the public does.
In the context of this post however, MH370 served another, quite unexpected purpose.
In the days following the disappearance Malaysian authorities were compelled to speak to the media, and the outcome was, dare I say it, appalling. Fronting journalists who demanded answers to unpleasant questions, who couldn’t be threatened and who couldn’t be ignored was a novel experience for many Malaysian officials, and it showed.
This included the Chief of the Malaysian Air Force leader making a statement and later denying it, and Malaysia encouraging international partners to maintain a search in the wrong place even when they had known later on the morning of the disappearance that the plane was in a different ocean.
In desperation, Malaysian spokesmen reverted to the kind of answers and tactics that they adopted for domestic audiences, including the Defence Minister, angrily responding to a question with “You are talking to a defence minister and acting transport minister. I wouldn’t know.”
In other words, before international media interest moved on to other stories MH370 gave the world a brief insight into what life is like being Malaysian under the “authority” of the Malaysian government.
Now we know.
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