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More than 50% Malaysians feel Putrajaya hiding information on MH370, poll shows
Out of the 1,029 respondents polled in The Malaysian Insider survey carried out by the Merdeka Center, 54% said Putrajaya was not transparent in releasing information about flight MH370 which vanished on March 8.
In response to the question whether they thought Putrajaya had been truthful or had been hiding anything about MH370, 54% of respondents felt Malaysia had been hiding information, 26% said the government had been truthful while 20% were unsure.
And more than five weeks after the plane disappeared, it appears that Malaysians are also inclined to believe that Putrajaya has not been forthcoming with information about the flight.
Once again, Chinese respondents were almost unanimous in giving the thumbs down to the BN federal government.
The poll figures showed that the slight majority of Indian and Malay respondents, too, believed Putrajaya had been hiding information.
This time, respondents from both rural and urban areas were united in believing that Putrajaya has been less than forthcoming with information about MH370.
Respondents were selected through random stratified sampling methods along the lines of ethnicity, gender and age, and covered all the federal seats in the peninsula.
The survey was carried out from March 24 to 30 with the selection of respondents proportional to the population in each parliamentary constituency.
On the performance of Malaysian ministers in the MH370 crisis, 21% of the respondents said they were very dissatisfied while 19% were very satisfied.
Despite the criticism Putrajaya has faced from local and international quarters since the MH370 crisis, 51% of respondents said they were confident about the government.
However, 45% of respondents said they were not confident about Putrajaya post-MH370 crisis.
The respondents were asked whether the performance of Putrajaya in handling the MH370 crisis has made them more/less confident about the government.
Within days of MH370's disappearance, China's Foreign Ministry had urged Malaysia to speed up its investigations and provide more accurate information.
However, China's criticism of Malaysia's investigation into MH370 also unleashed an ugly bout of nationalism.
Anger at Malaysia's handling of the investigation erupted on Chinese social media, and even on the streets with demonstrations outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing.
The state-run Xinhua News Agency complained of an “unforgivable” lack of capacity, effort or transparency on the part of Putrajaya.
The adjective “Malaysian” became a popular byword for irresponsibility and unreliability; Malaysian singers of Chinese descent were abused online.
After Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced that MH370 ended its flight in the southern Indian Ocean, family members and relatives in Beijing snapped.
Grief-stricken and angry over what they called two weeks of "lies and misleading information" after MH370 disappeared, family members marched to the Malaysian embassy.
They carried placards bearing the words "Malaysia Airlines, you owe us an explanation", "Corrupt Malaysian government" and "Mom, please come home".
Another bone of contention has been a CNN report on Thursday quoting an unnamed senior Malaysian government official as saying that the air force had scrambled search at 8am on March 8 soon after MH370 was reported missing.
Both acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and the Royal Malaysian Air Force chief have denied the report. However, CNN said it was standing by the report. – April 14, 2014.
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But , instead of getting better.. It got worst progressively.. that even those who wasn't dubious became so later
..Like an onion skin,layer upon layer of half truths served to the highly suspicious and cynical public.
And what is worst than that, they seem to be trying to Cover-Up their Cover -Ups..with statements they make.
How many blankets have they got?
That is if it was from the Govt related agencies, I am sure the percentage would be higher in favor of the Govt for their one sided news and vice versa the no confidence would be higher from the other non related Govt media.
Sure the govt should have handle the MH370 incident better but 1,029 respondents isn't the real representation of the 30 million estimated Malaysians.
Hiding from the rest of the World is a different matter.
Anyway, which country on earth does not hide info but due to the seriousness of this incident, the government is not doing good enough to satisfy the public.
How we wish the East Malaysian can "Judge by History" (Hisham's Quote) and vote with their heart and not eyes/hands (monetary) for the betterment and for JUSTICE.
This article is supposed to report the result from a poll conducted by the Merdeka Centre, on the way Umno is handling the MH370 incident. In an article such as this, it is therefore totally *out of line to include the following sentence:
"However, China's criticism of Malaysia's investigation into MH370 also unleashed an ugly bout of nationalism."
The above sentence has nothing to do with the poll conducted by the Merdeka Centre, and the inclusion of the above sentence only serves to degrade the integrity of the reporter who penned the article.
The manner in which they handled the investigation, especially during the initial stages, did aroused ones suspicion of a government cover-up. Their arrogance and aloofness sure didn't go down well with foreign journalists who descended upon our capital.
The usual denial syndrome didn't help either as the man of the hour insolently declared: "I don't think so. It's far from it. It's only confusion if you want it to be seen as confusion." This upstart must have quickly discovered that foreigners are quite unaccustomed to being told off with such abruptness. On one occasion, we even had the news media barred from a briefing. The rational of it is still unknown.
They wised up along the way, when they discovered that their "one-way-traffic" press conferences were in fact contributing to the heat. Unlike local journalists, the foreign ones are not as easily "tamed".
Well, since this MH370 tragedy cuts across racial and religious lines, as can be seen by the results of the survey by The Malaysian Insider, I sure hope Putrajaya will finally wake up to the fact that Malaysians on the whole, want a government which is open and transparent.
Whether or not Putrajaya is actually hiding anything from the public, or have been less than forthcoming with information about MH370, is not quite the issue here. What is at stake is, this nation deserves a responsible and transparent government to heal its wounds.
This time, I suppose: "Apa Lagi Cina Mahu?", is not very applicable. "Apa Lagi Rakyat Mahu?" is more like it.
You know when you're doing a miserable job governing when the official news agency of China complains about your lack of transparency. Yes, China, one of the most opaque governments in the world, complains about Malaysia's transparency problem.
Furthermore the conduct of the officials involved were suspicious and inconsistent. Too many events exposed incompetence and inconsistency, yet all the heads are still intact. Not a single official came out and admitted a shortfall. Blame plenty, accountable none.
Now that it is illegal for civil servants to divulge national security secrets, we may never know if RMAF ever scrambled a plane to confront a UFO in our air space.