Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sinking of SEWOL

Yet again another disaster and that is the sinking of a ferry in South Korea. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. It was reported that 216 students and teachers are still unaccounted for and pray that they are not all on board the ferry.

It is unlikely the authority will get the correct numbers of headcount from the tickets sold and even if they do they will not have the names of people on board.

Unfortunate accidents happened and no one can predict. However the professionalism and responsibilities of staff of the ferry is really something to be ashamed off. The Captain told the students to remain in their cabins and most students did so. In time of such it is right to listen to  instructions so as to minimize confusions and to save everyone systematically. However the Captain is not thinking fast enough and I wonder whether he expected the ferry to topple over. Those that listen to instructions and stayed in the cabins probably have perished. The first group to leave the ferry as reported is the Captain and staff . Being staff and  having so many lives in their hand, how can they be the first to abandoned ship? But to think again, isn't it common for people to think of their own safety first?

I have never felt that the helplessness of human beings is so fragile. We are at the hands and mercy of others and I wonder how many realized. In the sky we are at the mercy of the pilots and the  company that operate the plane to ensure the safety and functionality of  the equipment. We are also at the mercy of the government to ensure that security is in place. Actually we do not know who we are sitting with nor flying with. At sea, it is very low for accidents  to happen. We have the Tatanic which was a sad incident and people romance the whole episode to a love story. So many have died and all we watch is romance of 2 persons. I never watch this movie. Now this South Korean ferry incident whereby lives are lost and most are students and teachers of the same school. How are other students going to go back to school without being psychologically affected? Now that the report mentioned that adults are the one who gave instructions and students just follow and lost their lives so how are children going to trust what adults said in future?

The parents of the missing students must be heartbroken. We really am living second to second as we do not know not what will happen next. I never realized the sufferings of human beings so close to heart although we have been practicing compassion.

I make my deepest respect to those who gave up their lives to save others,, i.e  like those who scarified during the Szechuan Earthquake, the Japanese Tsunami, now the students on SEWOL who tried to save others first by giving up their life jackets. There are many more unsung heroes.

But there are others who keep trying to take the lives of others to satisfied their own selfish needs, be it at personal or countries level and  those who keep  developing chemical weapons and weapons and claiming as many lands as possible to  gain the World. No  matter what extreme ambition a person have, they will never own the World - simple reason "you are not going to live forever".

I pray for the safety of all human beings and may there be no more such sad disasters. There are also so much sufferings in Middle East and may the people there too be safe.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Love and kill......

Recently the case of  Paralympian Oscar Pistorius caught my eyes. It was an unfortunate and sad case that he is suspect of shooting his girl friend and is now pending charges of murder. No one knows what transpired but she was badly shot and died on the spot. One bullet hit her head and smashed it like a water melon. Ironically it happened on Valentine Day. Neighbors said they heard scream followed with shots and concluded the couple probably have arguments which aggravated to such extend . If he was found guilty, there goes his career and life.

In Singapore we also have cases where couples shot or knifed or chopped each others to death. There was a case which I remember how a woman was chopped up by her lover. The body was disposed over different parts of Singapore. How can someone be so cold blooded to a woman whom you hold in your arms, someone you make love to, someone who loves you and trusted you with her life? There are plenty of such cases.

What happened to LOVE? Is it LOVE? or is it LUST that people got together? Is it LOVE or is it just for convenient to satisfied one's beast instinct?

For a woman, we always think that it is a must to get married. Some suffered silently, some fight and got beaten up but have no way of getting away, some paid with their lives. Some decided they want to get away from parents control and the best way is to get out of the house and chooses any willing parties to marry. Is this a wise choice?

There were so many cases in the papers about women falling gullible preys to love scams. They are lucky they lost only monies and not lives. Is one so desperate for LOVE that one can trust someone that one do not really know but only what was projected over internet? There are social websites for such links because people are lonely and there is a market for love scamming. Even if one knows the person and moves around like a couple, one is still unable to pin down a person character let alone over cyber?

I saw a program on China's television of people coming forward to declare their love for a man or a woman. They have not met but only on the set and they declared that "I love you", "you are the one", "you are the one I wanted"...etc. Of course these young men and women have looks...so love is love of look at first sight? I really do not know how many are real or it is a show to fan the desires and loneliness. Some of the men are very picky and from their reactions you can tell they are aggressive. However women are such funny creatures, they like "bad" boys. As I look at the man's careers, most of the young men said they own an online shop so it makes them a businessman. I have a single girl friend that worked in China and I asked why she is still single. There are plenty of good looking young men in China and she said "most of them do not have work or career, they live off their girl friends". So much for LOVE.

My advise for women is that LOVE yourself, know your self worth and be street smart. We are no longer living in our mothers' eras that we cannot be left on the shelf. Do we want to risk our lives for LOVE? Do not let yourself be USED! Wake Up Girls!!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Saga goes on....

MH370 has decided not to reappear so easily for tracking. All the efforts are effortless due to the Malaysian government clueless or is it so? There are too many agendas, too eager to close the case that it backfired and thinking it is easy to cover ones mistakes. In this case it is too big an issue to pull spider webs over the global crowd and the passengers surviving loved ones.

Look at this piece of summary, it will show all the information released are so pathetic. It shoots all over the place and reach one destination....which is clueless.

·     ......... MH 370. Q: Apa lagi M..... Mau? A: Apa pun tak tahu -1 MalaySia (useless Malays). Q: Flight destination, Beijing (North). A: Ended in South Indian Ocean (South). Q: Last contact, 1.30am, 2.40am.....? A: 1.07am, 2.14am, finally 8.11am.......... Q: Last signal, South China Sea (East)? A: Straits of Malacca (West). Q: False passports? A: No, false passengers. Q: Who are they? A: African, Asian, finally Iranian. Q: Passengers not boarding? A: Luggages check-in without passengers. Q: Pas...sengers replacement? A: Never heard of replacement. (Only 227 seats ?). Q: Top security measure? A: YES, but too lazy to checks (0.02 sec) intelligent system. Q: Advance radar system? A: Yes, but can't identified plane after 5days. Q: All angles & possibilities? A: Only possibilities is everyone sleeping on the jobs. Q: Having got 26 countries, xx planes, xx ships? A: But MalaySia can't do nothing. Q: Unprecedented incident? A: Unprecedented leader and government. Q: Transparent & consistent ? A: But blind on corruption, cronyism, biases, mismanaged, racism, etc..........

I am not interested in the Malaysian politics. The suppressed speak for themselves. Singapore government also shut up on this matter only recently a minister spoke up for the Malaysian government being harshly criticized. We are gracious and we also understand the plight of the surviving families putting ourselves in their shoes.

In my heart, I believe Captain Zaharie is a professional. There are so many lives in his hand and I do not think he loves Anwar so much that 239 lives have to be used as a paid back for his arrest. The second pilot, young man so what's wrong being friendly with some girls. He is about to marry a nice girl so he has no reason to topple the plane as well. So when these two men are not there to fend for themselves, in the name of Truth, do not scapegoat them.

I really don't know when the Malaysian ministers will get their act together and say the right thing...

1)  The final word from the cockpit before disappearance were "all right, good night" as reported in a press meeting. However now it was said the actual words where "Goodnight, Malaysian Three Seven Zero".

2)  Malaysian authorities do not want to release the cargo list and insisted there is nothing "hazardous", now they said it carried Lithium-ion batteries and now how many of them? 

3)  Australia search as we all see it, even when it started was an excuse to divert attention. We know they will not find anything and we are right.

4)  There were sms picked up by families of missing passengers, why are all these information "hushed". So it gives the families leads that their loved ones are being held hostages by someone, by whom? For what reason? I only pray that they are alive and well.

5)  Malaysia allowed 2 persons holding fake passports to pass through and yet they blame Interpol for having a huge achieve which will take a long time to search. Maybe they should spend some monies to update their systems for security purposes. In a plane we are not travelling with one or two people but hundred to 2 hundreds lives on board, how can "play play" with people's lives.

However Minister Hishammuddindoes holds himself well. He is impressive in giving and updating press conferences but I can see he is also getting tired. I can see it showed on his face and he is trying to hold his patience. So if he blurted "what more do you want?", don't blame him. The pressure is great. Such issue of missing plane cannot be shut up quietly or shaft down the throat with power.

TO me, all search have been diverted away from South China Sea. My feeling that if the plane went down, it is at South China Sea. I pray I am wrong. The search is going further and further and to a dangerous and cold place, South Indian Ocean. This is a place where search is hard and finally...MH370 mysteriously evaporated into thin air.

Update as of 10.6.2014 - MH370 is still missing!