Posted: 06 Apr 2014 09:01 PM PDT
The Malaysian government has deliberately concealed information concerning the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, Anwar Ibrahim, the country's main opposition leader, has claimed.
Mr Ibrahim, who knew one of the pilots of the Boeing 777 personally, said the handling of the MH370 investigation was " clearly suspect" and claimed "information critical to our understanding" is missing.
In an interview with The Telegraph , Mr Ibrahim slammed Malaysian authorities and called for an international committee to take over the investigation because "the integrity of the whole nation is at stake".
He indicated it was even possible there could have been complicity by authorities on the ground over what happened to the plane after it disappeared on 8 March en route to Kuala Lumpur from Beijing with 239 people on board.
The politician told the newspaper that when he was the country's finance minister in 1994 he personally authorised the installation of "one of the most sophisticated radar" systems in the world, based near the South China Sea and covering Malaysia's mainland and east and west coastlines.
The radar would have instantly detected the Boeing 777 as it travelled east to west across "at least four" Malaysian provinces, he said, describing the fact that the plane was not spotted by the sophisticated radar immediately after it changed course as “not only unacceptable but not possible, not feasible”.
His accusations came as a high-tech US Navy pinger locater was deployed in the race against time to find the black box from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, just days before its batteries are due to run out.
Two ships with sophisticated equipment are searching underwater in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean in an operation led by the Joint Agencies Coordination Centre (JACC).
The pingers on the plane's black box transmit signals for about 30 days after a crash – giving search teams just days to find the recorder and potentially discover what happened to the jetliner.
Posted: 06 Apr 2014 08:58 PM PDT
Malaysia’s opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, tells The Telegraph that country’s “sophisticated” radar would have detected the plane
The Malaysian opposition politician, Anwar Ibrahim, tells the Telegraph that he finds the Malaysian authorities lack of progress in finding missing flight MH370 “baffling”.
He says that Malaysia now needs to gather an international committee to salvage its reputation.
“To save the image of the country and to save the country, the Malaysian authorities should say by now we must have an international committee representing various countries and operations
“I believe the government know more than us. They have the authority to instruct the air force… or Malaysia Airlines. They are privy to most of these missing bits of information critical to our understanding of this mysterious disappearance of MH370.”
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