MH370: ‘A Blessing in Disguise’ Tweet Goes Wrong
By Athena Yenko | April 3, 2014 1:14 PM EST
Ismail Amsyar, a journalist based in Kuala Lumpur had all the best intention when he tweeted on Wednesday that "MH370 is a blessing in disguise for all of us. I understand now the beauty of unity, the sweetness of having each other."
With the same good intention, Malaysia's Defence and Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein Tweet back that Mr Amsyar was right, indeed MH370 was a blessing in disguise as it unites different nations.
However, the exchange of tweets was viewed as inappropriate especially with hundreds of families still grieving for their lost loved ones. For the critics, it was insulting. Netizens were quick to slam Mr Amsyar and Mr Hussein. Mr Amsyar had even received a death threat, News.com.au reports.
On Wednesday, Mr Amsyar's Twitter account was full of apologies addressing those who have been insulted by his tweet. He explained that the tweet was posted in good faith and that he was covering the lost of MH370 since day one because the passengers are like family to him.
Mr Amsyar had also called foul for other media channels which he deemed were more insensitive with their covering of the missing MH370. He said that some media outlets "crushed our feelings" for but none of them apologised. Mr Hussein, on the other hand, had since then deleted his tweet.
Meanwhile, in Malaysia, members of the parliament were on with their own heated argument as one Opposition MP saying that Malaysia's handling of the case was "an unprecedented failure",
During a parliament meeting, De-puty Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin said that the MH370 tragedy is an indication that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has good relationships with the United States, China and Australia.
Khalid Samad (PAS-Shah Alam) interrupted saying that Malaysia should not be praising itself for its search of MH370 while there were 26 countries helping with the search.
"We should be praising the 26 countries instead of ourselves. In this situation, we failed to know precisely where our aircraft is. It is an unprecedented failure," Mr Samad said.
A heated argument ensued among members of the parliament. One MP stood and reminded everyone that their actions were adding to the difficulty that the nation was already handling with the MH370 tragedy still unsolved.
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