IMPORTANT: IF YOU ARE A FAMILY MEMBER OR A FRIEND OF THE PASSENGERS OR CREW MEMBERS OF MH370, DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT READ THIS!!! SOME CONTENT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR FAMILY/FRIENDS OF THESE UNFORTUNATE PEOPLE!!
I should be doing my work right now. There are piles of unfinished work waiting to be taken care of. But instead, I am typing this. I’ve been thinking about this since last night. “Thinking” is an understatement, because the more accurate words would be “consuming my brain”, because that’s exactly how it felt. This particular thing has been eating my brain out since last night, ever since the dots have been slowly connected.
What dots? The dots of the missing plane MH370.
In the beginning, like most people, I was disappointed when there was no “ongoing development” as each day passed. The press conference seemed to stuck at the same old, same old “we haven’t found anything” statement routine. We have 7-8 countries working together to locate the plane and after Day 5, we still get “we haven’t found anything” from the officials. I was disappointed, yes, but still hopeful.
Early last night, I stumbled into a tweet about an article that discussed in good depth of what might “actually” happen with flight MH370. I wasn’t really that interested initially, to say the least. My initial thought was that it’ll be a typical hoax, or that it was written by the same type of people on Facebook who love twisting things around and stir conflicts with one another. Alas, I took a look. I only scanned through most paragraphs, but managed to catch a big enough dot that soon connected with the other available dots the way they should and made me gape.
Fariq Ab Hamid, Richard Quest, and CNN: Can’t Be Coincidental
Friends and fellow Malaysians, who was this Fariq Ab Hamid before MH370 incident? He was nobody significant, a typical Malaysian with typical Malaysian life, so to speak, just like the rest of us. He was young even, and still flew as a First Officer. And yet Richard Quest from CNN Business Traveler came to interview him in particular. And recorded him land the MH370, single-handedly. Under the supervision of a senior pilot and a safety captain, yes, but he pretty much flew and landed the plane on his own. CNN Business Traveler particularly recorded a footage of the LANDING. Not take-off, but LANDING. Richard Quest was in the cockpit with them the whole time.
Why is it so important that Richard Quest is “in” the cockpit to see how Mr. Fariq is doing? If CNN Business Traveler want a footage of an airplane landing for their show, they can very well get that by filming the same thing from whatever airliner they have in the US that I don’t give a shit about. There’s nothing MAS have that they don’t. They don’t have to go all the way here. If they need to film something abroad, they wouldn’t need to come all the way to Malaysia. Canada or Mexico are nearer. Alas, they came all the way here, just about TWO WEEKS before the incident, just for a footage of Mr. Fariq flying and landing a plane. Not any other plane either, mind you. It’s also a MH370 plane.
At Our Weakest Defense
It’s no doubt that we all want MH370 to be found. Won’t we be happy if other countries are offering their manpower and their best ships and aircraft to help us in locating the plane? Of course we will. In fact, we ARE. We are more than happy that neighboring countries are “currently” helping us with something that we probably can’t do on our own. After all, we don’t have the best equipments. They do. China, United States, and Australia, all no doubt have better equipments that we do.
Fellow Malaysians and those who like to think critically, has it ever crossed your minds, that WE are at our weakest defense at this point of time? Read this carefully or you might miss the point. Our seas are right now being opened to all the military ships and aircraft from our “search counterparts”. They are scouring our seas, crossing the borders that would have been guarded and patrolled by our own defense military day and night, for the excuse to help find the plane. Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not yet into my main point, so bear with me a little while.
Vietnam have just closed their seas for multinational search, and are requiring certain documents for Malaysia to continue searching in their seas. This decision was made after more and more countries are joining the search.
What Malaysian Officials Know And Not Telling
The media (local and foreign), and the public, have been pushing Malaysian officials to spill everything and to be “completely transparent” in this mission of finding the missing aircraft MH370. The press need “new” stories to print in their newspapers or to broadcast to their eager viewers. Without stories, people will likely to get either bored, or irritated. People get irritated when they can’t piece something they think they understand.
And from the conflicting statements made by the officials each day, we can fairly conclude that they probably know more than what’s being told.
This is made apparent when a Malaysian military source claimed that the plane may have turned back and “flew over the Straits of Malacca” and the military radar lost signals of the plane at 2:40am. They didn’t disclose this until around Day 4 after the incident. It makes you think, what else that they aren’t telling? And then people get mad and demand for more “transparency”. Some fellow Malaysians used this opportunity to criticize the government and the Prime Minister. Some less-informed people made fun of our own country.
Except that with complete transparency, your asses and mine are practically all out there for all to see. The government have reasons to not disclose everything. Disclosing everything, would have been jeopardizing our own country (even further), more than you could probably dare to imagine. And we are a small country. Unlike Singapore, we are small and with no “world powers” to back us up.
Which brings us back to the search teams and rescuers of MH370 and the countries involved, our so-called “counterparts”, who are currently helping us to piece things together.
Search & Rescue, or World Political Alliances At Work?
Fellow Malaysians and critical thinkers, let’s take a look at the countries involved in the current mission:
Soon to join or are joining the mission:
Amongst the countries involved above, what are their political stance and alliances? United States, of course, have been in the same alliance as Australia for a long time. In 1951, ANZUS Treaty was formed between US, Australia, and New Zealand, which, to summarize, binds these 3 countries to continue cooperating in terms of military power.
Another country in the list, Philippines, have their own Mutual Defense treaty with the United States, which stated that both countries must support one another in defense and military power. Japan have a kind of love and hate relationship with the United States, but alas, have also signed a treaty that amongst others, also binds the two countries to a military agreement.
While Singapore may or may not have such official alliance with the United States, it is understood that there is a military partnership between both countries and are sharing usage of military facilities up to some level.
The rest of the countries, are hardly an alliance to each other. Nothing beyond routine diplomatic relations.
China, a communist country, have long been in a “complex” relationship with the United States. Vietnam is also a communist country and that never sits well with the United States. Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei are all Muslim-majority countries, and that never sits well with the United States either.
If, and I say IF, “something” were to happen within our sea borders, with these world powers and military allies on our seas and above our airways, while the MH370 search mission can still be the “ultimate excuse” for everything—and you know what I’m talking about—then, what can WE do to prevent it from happening at all? We don’t have the best necessary equipments, we don’t have allies we can immediately turn to out in the seas.
The government and the Malaysian officials leading the investigation are very well aware of this. They’ll be damned if they aren’t. Which is why they have asked India, for help (something they have denied of doing). It doesn’t matter that they insisted (when asked by the media) that India themselves had offered to help. What matters is, the presence of India will somewhat balance the power of the military alliance that has been mentioned above. Maybe not much, for all we know. But I very well believe that it is a precaution our officials take in favor of the safety of our own people.
Why, instead of asking for the help from United States (who are already in the mission) for detailed satellite imagery, we asked India for help? Why, instead of asking France for help (since the incident “seems” to be pretty similar to Air France 447 crash), we rather struggle on our own? Are we just too proud to ask for their help? Not really. A precaution or two sometimes is needed, you don’t know which one of your steps could become the biggest mistake you’ll ever make.
By now some people will probably be accusing me of having the anti-America sentiment or a pro-government. I don’t have that kind of sentiment. I can assure you I am not from that group of people. My personal or political view toward the United States of America is pretty much neutral. And I am not pro-government. I have my own dissatisfaction toward the government, but let’s not discuss that here. All I know is, I love my country with every beat of my heart, and let’s leave it at that for now.
So What Do Malaysian Officials Really Know And Not Telling?
That one of the pilots is responsible for the incident. Of course they’re still investigating, and without hard evidence, they won’t, will not, will never, announce this to the public. If you are Malaysian, you know how we Asians are. We’re reluctant to hurt someone’s feeling by saying something (like the truth) directly to their face. Maybe we are softies, but that is not the point. The point is, the officials know, by telling the public that one of the pilots may have been responsible to the plane being missing, a lot of hearts out there will be broken. Heck, I know mine would.
Most importantly, the families of the pilots. They have already been so heartbroken, and the last thing they want to hear is a news of that kind. And also with this, will also come “hate” (toward the pilots). People will question a lot more things about the pilots than they already have.
Crew Member Is Involved In Plotting The Disappearance of MH370?
Who is the person who can go in to and out of the cockpit without raising suspicions? Easy. The pilots, of course. I’m not going to just pick a pilot and paint him black. Let’s just together look at what little information we currently have.
Richard Quest from CNN interviewed Fariq Ab Hamid on February 19, 2014, just rightly about two weeks before the incident. What did he interview him for? Business Traveler. Why did it have to be him when it could be anyone else? Someone senior maybe? A captain with much more flying hours? No one knows. Just a mere coincidence, maybe. Or so they would like us to believe.
Green, Young, and A Little Naive
Let’s consider this “fiction”. Stay with me here, okay? What if we take someone green and young, a little naive, and probably also has financial problems, or just someone who dreams big. That someone must be able to fly and land a plane. He gets his job done, he gets the reward. Some twist of facts somewhere to convince him to do the job might help.
Prepare him for the job. And while “he” prepares for the job, we prepare the backup stories to frame him as the villain. A story like how his lack of discipline might have caused the plane to crash. But we also need some kind of evidence to show or back this up. What about a picture? Or better still, a FEW pictures, and a story. Pictures of him posing with a couple of hot young blonde girls in a cockpit during, before, or after an international flight would be nice. And then a story about how he smokes inside the cockpit and invites passengers to sit in the cockpit with him during flight. Or how he invites the girls to a night out in town. Could be a good enough story for the media, the foreign media especially. Something easy for the mass public to swallow.
Why not? Send two woman spies from our organization with a mission of getting the photographs taken. That is all we need. Stories can be made up later. And of course, the stories will be issued in one of our alliance country. Like Australia. The girls don’t even need to be Aussies.
The patsy? He is a patsy alright. Maybe get him to knock the captain down, turn off whatever controls needed, turn the plane back before it enters Vietnamese airways, fly low to different directions for a while to confuse and mislead possible future investigations. And then, fly as low as possible and get ready for crash landing onto the sea, or some other plans that my non-aviation brain cannot come up with.
About the same time, we dispatch our own aircraft to the site, to retrieve the patsy and keep his mouth shut forever. The black boxes? We could retrieve it. Or not. After all, if they ever found the black boxes, it’s going to be filled with evidence of the patsy committing a crime and downing the plane single-handedly. Every trace will go back to him. A footage of him landing a plane on his own would help in framing him even further into the “crime”. And of course, as always, the “real” people behind the crime will never be brought to light. And I mean never.
What if, just what IF, some parts of this little fiction isn’t just a “fiction”? What if some parts of it really happened? What if the one that was knocked down was not the captain, but the First Officer? What if nobody was even “knocked down” and it was a joined effort between the two of them? But of course asking thousands of “what-ifs” won’t give us any answers.
Connecting Fiction With Reality
1. Malaysian chief police have told the media in a press conference that they are looking into the passengers and the crew’s personal and psychological problems. When asked to give an example of the kind of problems that they might be looking into, he gave an example of someone with financial problems who probably wants his/her family to gain from a big sum of insurance. Or someone who might owe someone else so much money. CONCLUDED SPECULATION: They know from their investigation by now (or earlier?) that at least one of the crew members are involved.
2. Malaysian media today have been reporting that Captain Zaharie might have activated a single-letter signal, T, or Tango, 40 minutes AFTER the flight lost contact with commercial Air Traffic Controls. Single-letter signals could indicate the signals are very urgent or important. While some other local media reported that internally, MAS declared “Tango” code to all its employees. One of its employee stated that the code only means they need to improve their security.
A New Zealander working on the oil-rig off Vung Tau, Vietnam, claimed seeing a plane burning while still flying at high altitude for about 10 to 15 seconds. See picture of printed email below. Credit goes to Berita Semasa.
CONCLUDED SPECULATION: MAS (Malaysia Airlines), or at least its top management involved in the investigation, are aware of all the reported sightings of the airplane, and aware that one of its pilots (or at least crew members) are involved in this. The issuing of Tango code amongst its employees shows that they “know”, maybe a lot more than we do, and they just can’t release the news to the public before hard evidence is collected. (Internal problems that can’t be disclosed to the public?)
3. Richard Quest. I don’t think I need to repeat the “coincidences” involving this guy. What was he doing with Fariq and MH370 two weeks before the incident? CONCLUDED SPECULATION: I don’t want to conclude this for you. Anyone with half a brain would know. In short: False Flag. What: Delegation.
4. The mumbling voice of Fariq Ab Hamid at around 1:30am when a nearby plane established a contact with MH370, before the connection was lost. CONCLUDED SPECULATION: You know what to conclude from our “fiction” above, something about someone being knocked down by another?
5. (More will be discussed)
Who’s The Real Target?
Could be China. Could be Asia. Or it could just be us. Not very likely to some people, but who knows.
UPDATE (March 17, 2014):
I feel the need to copy one of my comments below and paste it here, since some people out there have been misquoting me or are taking it too personal.
Johnny, I completely understand what you are saying. I’ve personally never been to your country, but have many friends from there and I myself grew up exposed to American culture amongst others. When I said something about the United States in my post above, I didn’t mean to “attack” or “criticize” the whole country. I understand that some Americans do have sincere feelings toward the incident and sincerely wish the passengers and crew of the plane will be found safe and sound. We could only thank you all for the thoughts and prayers, from the bottom of our hearts.
But when I mentioned the “United States” in my post, I didn’t mean the people, I didn’t mean the innocent civilians of America. What I meant was the “government”. The “higher-ups”. You and I might just be innocent civilians who might not know the whole truth about what our higher-ups are really up to. I love my country but I don’t fully agree with what the higher-ups are doing. And when talking about American government, this might lead to a lengthy debate or discussion, but to keep it short I never feel that the invasion of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are necessary. Sometimes to gain support from its people (and the world), they need to create a big enough alerting news that will make the public approve of their actions. KONY 2012 is the best example for this. Some people see “Kony 2012″ as just an excuse for the US government to send their troops into African countries, me included. It was fortunate that the support waned soon after.
Going back to the case of MH370, you might as well be right about US government have nothing to do with the whole thing. And there’s a good guess (again, just another speculation) that this might as well just be about the internal political conflicts of Malaysia. But like you said, I need to make my fellow Malaysians aware that “a country with a smaller military and defense network must be a little more concerned”. Malaysian government don’t simply keep certain information from the media and the public for the heck of it, there are good reasons for their actions there and believe it or not some Malaysian clowns who made fun of our own country out there don’t even realize that.
So again, and I can’t stress this enough, I have NOTHING against the people of America. I just believe that sometimes there’s a larger force at work and we don’t even know it. As I have stated, please take what I wrote with a grain of salt.
Additional Thought: Getting Into and Out of Malaysia Is As Easy As Pie?
Maybe. People are blaming us for not “scanning” passports at the immigration point. Our security system lacks this and that. How can, not one, but two people boarded the airplane with stolen passports. But apparently, the two Iranians didn’t plan to migrate to Malaysia. They were on their way to migrate to Germany and Denmark respectively. Along the way, they’ll be stopping in China, and then on to the Netherlands, before parting ways to Germany and Denmark. All these flights were booked under the names printed in the “stolen passports”.
So if it isn’t obvious to you, both the Iranians (or probably the syndicate that arranged the migration for them) were confident they’re going to arrive “safely” in Germany and Denmark, using the stolen passports. If it still isn’t obvious to you, it means, they’re confident they’re going to pass the immigration checking at China, Netherlands, Germany, AND Denmark, not just Malaysia.
How about one of the Iranians’ mother? Pouri Nour Mohammadi, as named by Interpol. His mother was waiting for him in Frankfurt, Germany. She was aware that her son was traveling with illicit documents. Of course she was. How else do you think she got there? By the same means, is the best I can bet on. Probably his whole family is already there in Frankfurt, traveling the same way Pouri was supposed to. Traveling with illicit documents in a large group of people is obviously risky, so it’s only logical to try to minimize risks by traveling separately.
So it really isn’t fair to just condemn Malaysia because of the two passengers that boarded the flight with stolen passports. Someone could argue they could have been stopped and arrested at say, Amsterdam Airport. Guess what, Pouri’s mother didn’t get caught. Okay, let’s say his mother is in Germany with legal documents, what about the migrants from South and Western Asia who flee to the Western countries all the time in these modern days? You don’t think they travel by boat from Pakistan all the way to Canada, do you?
Signing off for now. I need to rest.
DISCLAIMER: Speculations and mere fictions are stated clearly throughout the article above. They don’t reflect facts, or statements/opinions of authorities. Take everything written here with a grain of salt. I’m not responsible for anything that happens to you or that you’ll do after reading this article.