Student - 27 maart 2014

Meanwhile in... Malaysia

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Nicolette Meerstadt
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In the news: A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 has gone missing. The wreckage has still not been found after 17 days, and the cause of the disaster is unknown. What has been established is that the plane plunged into the Indian Ocean, killing all 239 people on board.

Commentary by Sabrina Zaini, first-year MSc student of Biotechnology from Malaysia.

‘Two of the stewardesses on the flight went to my school. I found that out through a Facebook group from my village. I didn’t know them personally, but it still brings it closer. It is quite bizarre: that could have been me. And it was such an unexpected accident, or whatever it was. It is all still very unclear.

Family members of Chinese passengers are still getting very upset at press conferences. They are angry because they received contradictory information from the Malaysian government. But I don’t think that is fair. It was a joint flight with a Chinese airline. Malaysian airlines is taking care of them and paying for everything: flights from China, accommodation, food, and someone to support them. Malaysians would never express their grief in such an aggressive way. You wouldn’t want to be on TV like that, would you? It is better to wait for the results of the investigation. You can exercise pressure and get angry, but you only go into action only when everything is clear. Malaysians are much more patient. If things really weren’t done correctly, they will let rip. I expect criticism in this case because the government is not communicating well with the media. Different officials keep contradicting each other on TV, and sometimes even in the same press conference. I don’t think they have any PR staff, and they say such stupid things, just as if they were standing around talking to their friends. But if you listen to what they say, you can see where the investigation is being carried out and how it is developing. The message is honest, and I have every confidence in our politicians in this matter.

I think it’s a pity Malaysia is getting such a bad press because of this. But although the government is far from perfect, I still have confidence that we are on the right track. There has been talk of cheating in the election of this government. But I am sure that they are doing their best in this affair. And I am confident we are on the right track and even better politicians are up and coming.’

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  • Liwei

    Malaysia government already amitted they hide some information! Maybe they knew where the plane is from the beginning, but didn't tell us! If they share the information earlier maybe we can save some lives. So, of course we blame your government for the lost! Why wouldn't we! If you have any family member on that plane you would never say something like this!! We won't blame any people in Malaysia , but if we find out the truth and your government did do some terrible mistakes, the government will not get away from this!!!

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  • wibow

    I do think Malaysian government was doing something weird.
    As I'm following the news from the beginning, it's absolutely weird in the beginning Malaysian authority stated that the plane was lost somewhere in the south china sea, though they actually knew from from the beginning that the plane was changing direction!

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  • Kun.H

    Malaysians would never express their grief in such an aggressive way --> because they're not in such situation, imagine if your families were missing for so many days, and all the information you got just made you even more confused about their condition, try if you can clam down and not being “aggressive(from your dictionary)”. People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care!! PLEASE DO THINK ABOUT IT!!!!!!!

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