First and foremost, my condolences to the families of all of those affected by the MH17 incident. This is a massive tragedy and another black spot for us Malaysians.
However, this time I’m going to a politically incorrect thing and look beyond the tragedy.
The plane as we know went down in eastern Ukraine, where there is fighting between the US-backed Ukraine government and the Russian-back separatist rebels. There has been some trading of barbs between both sides (the Ukrainian government and the rebels) over who actually fired the shot that downed the plane but I have a different view on this whole matter.
You see, for me, the Ukrainian government and the rebels may be at each others throats but that does not mean they are crazy. Yes, no matter how unpopular this may sound, I believe both can think rationally and they (both) would have no way wanted to down a Malaysian jet.
For what reason would they want to do so? It does not give either side any advantage.
For me, I believe that whoever fired the shot was taking orders from someone else (the US certainly does come to mind). Why?
Simple reason : We’ve unwittingly become a pawn in a larger game of chess. A competition between the major powers for territory and influence.
Why has this happened? Simple, our leadership is weak.
Although I am of the belief that Malay leadership throughout the ages has been generally weak and overly accommodating -with certain personalities such as Tun Perak and Dr. Mahathir being exceptions- the present day leadership shown by our current and immediate past Prime Ministers (Najib and Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) has been exceptionally weak when compared to the ocean of sharks that we currently dwell in. Sure, there is no Siam to worry about in the north anymore, but biggest fish around and even bigger and badder than ever before.
The Malays are a great race and a wonderful people (anyone who has ever lived in a Malay kampung will attest to this) but their leaders throughout history have always let them down. This is a sad, sick truth but it’s reality. Penang and Singapore was lost to the British due to the self-serving natures of the royals in that time and even now, we can see how the syok sendiri and permikiran sempit attitude of our leaders are causing Malaysia to slowly sink.
Before I go on any further, let me make absolutely clear that I do not believe that our PM Najib conspired with anyone to down MH17. As much as I am unimpressed with him, I do not think he will do such a despicable act.
However, it is his weak leadership that has made it all the more easier for us to be mere pawns in this great game that is being played before us.
When Dr. Mahathir was in charge, these kinds of things never happened to us. He was the man, he was in control. No matter what was blowing around, he kept the ship steady and firm. We certainly need that kind of leadership now.
And lastly, to those affected by the MH17 incident and also to all MAS employees, I dedicate this still officially unreleased song by Girls’ Generation to you : Indestructible. I pray to Allah that you’ll be the same.