KUALA LUMPUR: “I think history will judge us well” – these were the words of acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein in defending Malaysia’s handling of the MH370 crisis.
He said that not many nations could get 26 countries to work together or get the most sophisticated planes from every corner of the world to come and help in the exhaustive search and rescue (SAR) efforts.
“In a world that is full of divide, hate, death; what we see is a joint effort from all sectors of the community, notwithstanding the colour of your skin, race, religion,
“Boundaries do not become a concern in an area in South-East Asia where we were fighting over rocks in the middle of the sea, and now we are working together. I think that is a great achievement,” he said yesterday.
Hishammuddin was asked about the “bruising” Malaysia had received at the hands of the international media on its handling of the investigations into MH370’s baffling disappearance.
However, he said it was a bit too harsh to call it bruising as this was an unprecedented situation, adding that he had received commendations that Malaysia was doing quite an admirable job.
“Of course, as we go through it today when there is no conclusion to it, when we have not found the debris or linked it to MH370, speculation will go on and people will look to Malaysia. But I think history will judge us well,” he said.
Hishammuddin said that in these trying times, Malaysians had come together in prayer and support regardless of background, religion or political ideology.
He said both the Government and Opposition MPs had given their 100% support to the special motion of condolence tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, which expressed sadness, sorrow and grief over the flight deemed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.
He added that his team would not divert its focus despite all sorts of speculations and accusations from early on in the investigations.