What if flight MH370 is never found?

Evan Tanner uses a crane to lift the Phoenix International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Artemis, also known as the Bluefin-21, back onto the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield after searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the Southern Indian Ocean in this undated picture released on April 21, 2014 by the Australian Defence Force. – Reuters pic, April 24, 2014.Evan Tanner uses a crane to lift the Phoenix International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Artemis, also known as the Bluefin-21, back onto the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield after searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the Southern Indian Ocean in this undated picture released on April 21, 2014 by the Australian Defence Force. – Reuters pic, April 24, 2014.

Despite assurances from Malaysia and Australia that the search will continue for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the lack of significant leads after almost seven weeks are leading many to ask: What if the jetliner that disappeared over the southern Indian Ocean is never found?

At the start of the massive international search effort, such a question would not have even crossed the mind of investigators and the public. But as days pass, it has become an unwelcoming possibility.

Here, global news network CNN takes a look at what happens if the plane carrying 239 passengers and crew is never found.

1. It will go down as one of the world’s most enduring mysteries

The disappearance of flight MH370 would rank right up there with Amelia Earhart. The story of the daring female pilot who disappeared after embarking on the first around-the-world flight at the Equator in June 1937 has intrigued millions for years.

A search never found any trace of her, navigator Frederick Noonan or their plane. Some believe they ran out of fuel and crashed into the sea – similar to one theory of what happened to the Malaysia Airlines plane, said CNN.

Then there’s the Bermuda triangle.

Many ships, planes and people have disappeared in this section of the Atlantic Ocean – a “triangle” marked by the points of Bermuda, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

US officials cite hurricanes, sudden storms, the powerful Gulf Stream and shallow Caribbean waters as reasonable explanations for the lost vessels.

But so far, there’s been no explanation for flight MH370′s disappearance, said CNN.

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Anwar: Yes, I’ll go to prison again

He spent six years in prison on charges he claimed were trumped up. Conspiracy or otherwise, it did not stop him from rocking the foundations of the ruling coalition in two subsequent general elections.

Now the 67-year-old politician is in the final leg of exhausting the legal avenues over another sodomy charge, which he claims was also fabricated by his political rivals.

If the Federal Court rejects his appeal, Anwar Ibrahim will have to spend another five years behind bars.

And in an interview with international magazine The Diplomat, the opposition leader is certain that he will not get a fair hearing and that going back to prison is a foregone conclusion.

“Looking at the names of the (Court of Appeal) judges and the way they expedited the process, they even disallowed me to ask for just a few days to get medical documents.

“So looking at the (Court of Appeal) judgment I think it is clearly fundamentally flawed, because they did not deal with the facts that were abused. So I think that it is clear that the judiciary is acting under the instruction of their political masters.

“Therefore I’m not too optimistic that I will get a fair hearing and I think that it is a foregone conclusion. Notwithstanding we are of course doing our very best to get the best team of lawyers to expose the whole fiasco in the courts. Since Karpal Singh died in the accident I am now faced also with the problem of getting new lead counsel,” he added.
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Sodomy II: Who’s the liar? Saiful or Anwar?

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My last moments with Pa: Ramkarpal Singh

The Toyota Alphard in which Karpal Singh and his aide, Michael Cornelius, died last Thursday. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 24, 2014. The Toyota Alphard in which Karpal Singh and his aide, Michael Cornelius, died last Thursday. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 24, 2014. A week after the tragic crash that took the lives of veteran lawyer and politician Karpal Singh and his personal aide, Michael Cornelius, his son Ramkarpal recounts the final hours with his father that fateful day. This is his story, as told to V. Anbalagan, assistant news editor.

“My parents (Karpal and Gurmit) had gone to Pantai Hospital about 8pm on Wednesday (April 16) to visit my brother Gobind (Singh Deo) who was admitted.

They left about 8pm from my father’s office in Jalan Pudu Lama together with Michael Cornelius and driver V. Selvam. The four returned home (in Bukit Ledang, Damansara) about 10pm and had dinner.

Pa, Michael, Selvam, our maid (Selfiana Rengga) and I were to leave that night for Penang. Pa and I were to appear in court the following day to represent a client charged with murder.

The weekend stay in Penang was also for Pa to meet his Bukit Gelugor constituents and prepare the petition of appeal for Anwar’s (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) sodomy case.

Before we left, Pa told Michael to take him to his garden. We moved into this house six months ago and Pa was in love with his garden.

Going around the garden is not unusual for my dad and he does that occasionally. We then left about 11.30pm. Continue reading

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Sabah BN leaders against hudud

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s lead BN component parties and the opposition are on the same page over the hudud issue.

Both sides have voiced strong objections to PAS’ attempt to table a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament to impose hudud laws in Kelantan. PAS plans to table its bill in parliament in June.

Already peninsular based MCA and Gerakan have said their MPs will vote against the bill.

In a rare assertion, Sabah BN’s biggest native-majority partner Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has come out opposing hudud.

Deputy president Maximus Ongkili said while the hudud law only applied to Muslims, it would “if enforced dictate the lifestyles of everyone”.

Speaking at his Tandek division elections yesterday, Ongkili said: “Hudud law may only apply to Muslims but its enforcement would dictate the lifestyles of everyone, including non-Muslims.

“We oppose PAS’ plans to impose hudud in Kelantan.”

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What do I tell my sons?

By Alex De Silva

I have three sons. They are 18, 16 and 12.

Soon the eldest, if he continues to achieve what he has thus far promised to, will be going to university.

Like most Malaysians my age, who are in the wrong end of the 40s, I think of the future of my sons and in particular of providing them with a good education.

For most of us Malaysians who are not Bumiputera, we will not be able to send our kids to local universities because of quotas and the fact that the preferred courses are simply out of reach.

Some of us, whether Bumiputera or not, may not even want to send our kids to local universities in the believe that foreign universities, together with the experience of studying overseas, would produce a better “whole” person.

Some of these reasons are valid. Others debatable. However, the bottom-line is that if we want to educate our kids, then sending them overseas or a combined “twinning” programme at a private college is the most realistic option.

Leaving aside the rights and wrongs and why Malaysians send their children overseas, the fact of the matter is many Malaysians do send their children overseas to study.

Inevitably when children are sent overseas, questions are asked of the parents, “Have you told your kid not to come back?” or “Have you told your kid to find a job, get experience and maybe settle down where they are?”

Then there are comments such as: “No point coming back. Better stay there and make a living and live there” and “The grass is actually greener the other side. No need to come back.” Continue reading

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PKR not under family control, says Azizah

PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who retained the party’s top position after her husband Anwar Ibrahim pulled out of the contest, said today there is no form of family control over the party.

There is no manipulative attempt to keep de facto opposition leader Anwar’s family in control of  PKR, Wan Azizah told reporters at the PKR headquarters in Tropicana, Petaling Jaya.

She explained that Anwar decided to pull out of the race because of fear that the Registrar of Societies (ROS) may ban him from contesting, or rule the election invalid, over the Court  of Appeal on March 7 ordered him jailed for five years on his Sodomy II charge.

He had put in his candidacy, Wan Azizah said,  not to block others but because the top leadership had agreed that he should takeover the party he founded.

Anwar really wanted to try, Wan Azizah said, but unfortunately they decided this cannot proceed after the “cruel and unprecedented” Sodomy II sentencing.

“Yes, we are democratic… the (PKR presidency) contest was open to anyone at that time, but no one came forward.

“After 15 years as president, why question my ability now?” Azizah said.

In the press conference, Wan Azizah also urged party members to observe the rules of the party elections, be free from money politics or slander, and not to borrow the good name of any leaders for personal gains in the coming party elections.

Asked to give the party’s stand on Hudud Law, Wan Azizah said that she deferred to Pakatan Rakyat’s presidential council to deliberate the matter first.

“We base ourselves on the constitution that Islam is the official religion, the practice of Islam is also followed, with freedom of religion (allowed),” Wan Azizah said, when asked if PKR considered Malaysia ‘secular’ or ‘Islamic.’

She said she disagreed that Malaysia is an ‘Islamic country’ as  that has to be fully realised as yet.

“You have to know what Hudud is first, that is a priority …you cannot have it if there is no education,” she said.

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