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Malaysians just want some peace and quiet
WHY Malaysia? Why us? Three inconceivable i ncidents i n three years have caused our nation to hog headlines around the world as bewildered Malaysians ask themselves mystifying questions.
First, the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which was followed by the missile attack on Flight MH17, and lately, the assassination of Kim Jongnam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jongun.
Malaysians don’t go looking for trouble but trouble, in its bizarre or sinister form, came looking for Malaysians.
It is estimated that between 8,000 and 13,000 planes are in the air at any given time worldwide. That’s about 93,000 daily flights from 9,000 airports.
Of these staggering aviation numbers, the unthinkable happened to only one flight. On March 8, 2014, MH370, with 239 people on board, flew north, made a U-turn and never returned.
The world has never seen anything like this before — the vanishing of a huge modern jetliner. Why Malaysia?
Of the 161 commercial planes flying over eastern Ukraine at about that time on July 17, 2014, it happened to only MH17. Any of the other 160 planes could have been the victim, but the heatseeking Buk missile, fired by cold blooded men, brought down the Boeing 777, killing 298 people. Why Malaysia?
And, of all the places that the assassins chose to strike, it was Kuala Lumpur instead of Macau or Singapore or other cities where Jong-nam was known to have also lived. Why Malaysia?
Malaysians, so used to watching Korean dramas on TV, found themselves caught in a mind-boggling Korean reality drama,
As the body of the half-brother of North Korea’s supreme leader lies in the Hospital Kuala Lumpur mortuary, the good relationship between Malaysia and North Korea, which began in 1973, turned bad.
Activists gathering outside the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur recently. Of all places to attack Kim Jong-nam, why did it have to be Malaysia?