Some questions with regard to Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai’s 722-word statement on the loss of MH17.
LTL: “officials in the US and the Ukraine have indicated that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down. Should this be confirmed, it would contravene international law”
Maybe so, but the alleged perpetrators are rebels (meaning of “rebel” — one who does not obey). Or if you wish, they are Christian terrorists too. How can LTL expect rebels/terrorists to adhere to the law, international or otherwise?
LTL: “an outrage against human decency”
Why are you parroting Obama’s words?
LTL: “Malaysia … calls for those responsible to be swiftly brought to justice.”
Who is Malaysia calling upon, specifically to catch the shooter(s) and bring him to justice? Is Hisham going to swiftly send an elite team of commandos to Ukraine in order to bring the culprit to justice?
LTL: “It is essential that the integrity of the crash site be preserved, out of respect for the investigation and for those who have died.”
Is Liow appealing to the rebels to respect the air passengers whom they killed and arising out of this respect, to preserve the integrity of the crash site? Last reported by Liow’s own party-controlled paper, the crash site is being looted as we speak. So it appears that Liow’s appeal is most naive and unrealistic.
LTL: “In total, 62 people – 30 SMART team members, 15 medical staff, 10 Royal Malaysia Air Force representatives, 5 Malaysia Airlines staff, 2 Department of Civil Aviation staff – are travelling to Kiev.”
These 62 people presumably have their designated jobs to do in Kiev. But what will Datuk Seri Liow – UKM Bachelor of Science (Nutrition) – be usefully doing in Kiev? Just wondering.
Full text of LTL’s speech in NST (18 July 2014)