The Government is into the 14 days in the search and rescue operation and the acting Minister of Transport, YB Dato’ Hishamuddin Hussein, has been advising members of the public not to speculate on the missing MH 370. On the other hand, the newly crowned Star Group Chief Editor is taking The Star further down the road of ridicule.
A silly story of a woman claiming to have seen the wreckage of an aircraft from 35,000 feet above makes it to the front page of the Star today, HERE.
During these 14 agonising days for everyone especially the loved ones of the 239 passengers and the crews, it was not too smart of the newly crowned Group Chief Editor Editor of the Star, Ms June Wong, to use such speculative story as its front page lead for today. Poor judgement is too mild to describe her decision.
Such speculative story during such difficult times does not deserve a page one lead. Malaysia is already under the microscope of the international press.
Such front-page story by the Star, will make the world laugh at Malaysia. It seems that it was not enough that Malaysia already been made a laughing stock by the international press on the story of the “bomoh” with their two coconuts, bamboo binoculars and flying carpet.
Now a mainstream newspapers Star, which claims that it is the highest selling papers in Malaysia is no better than the “bomoh” after all.
At this stage, the search and rescue operation involved 26 countries with more than 50 aircraft and 30 ships using state-of-the-art tracking equipment and they are no where near in locating MH370. Let our government and the other 26 countries concentrate in the search and rescue operation of MH 370. We do not need the front page headline of the Star to distract their efforts to search and rescue MH370.
Malaysia does not need such a not-so-smart story as its front page lead to further confuse the public. Yours truly has refrained from posting new stories in order to avoid confusion and to add more pains and sufferings to the loved ones of the passengers and crews.
Yours truly hopes that the woman shown in the front page of Star was not using the “bamboo binocular” to identify the objects 35,000 feet below as parts of an aircraft.
Or did Ms June Wong use a “bamboo binocular” to dig out this story and place it on Star’s front page?
Was this another “Api Dalam Sekam” effort to sabotage the MCA and make BN look silly?
In the interim, let us pray for the safety of the 239 passengers, crews and their loved one. Whilst we must be prepared for the worst, we must not give up hope.