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'No evidence that underwater locator beacon on MH370 was not functioning'

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23, 2015:

The expired battery of the underwater locator beacon (ULB) of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370 is not the reason the aircraft remains undetected.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said even though the battery expired 14 months before the incident, there was no evidence to say the ULB on the aircraft was not functioning.

He said ULBs were installed on the two black boxes in the plane, namely the solid state flight data recorder (SSFDR) and the solid state cockpit voice recorder (SSCVR).

“Only the battery of the SSFDR ULB expired in December 2012, or about 14 months before the plane went missing.

“The battery on the SSCVR ULB was replaced according to schedule and the expiry date was June 2014,” he said when winding up the debate on his ministry on the motion of thanks on the Royal Address by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at Dewan Rakyat here today.

Liow said both SSFDR and SSCVR recorders were installed side by side on MH370 and in an accident, if one of the recorders was detected or found, there was a high possibility of finding the other recorder.

On March 8 last year, Flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, disappeared from the radar while flying over South China Sea about one hour after departing Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12.41am.

The Boeing 777-200ER jetliner was scheduled to arrive in Beijing at 6.30am on the same day.

On the Factual Information Safety Investigation on MH370 prepared by the Safety Investigation Team of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) issued on March 8, Liow said it was strictly factual and did not contain any analysis on the incident.

He said the investigation team was now making an analysis of the incident between 1.21am and 6am on the day of the incident and an analysis on that would be issued in the following report.

On MH17, which was shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 17 last year, the government is firm on seeking justice for Malaysians who died and to take the parties concerned to justice.

Liow denied that the Malaysia government only acted as an observer in the investigation of the incident as Malaysia was also directly involved with several other countries in the probe led by the Netherlands.

Flight MH17 was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew on board.

… Morre lentamente quem evita uma paixão, quem prefere o preto no branco e os pingos nos is a um turbilhão de emoções indomáveis, justamente as que resgatam brilho nos olhos, sorrisos e soluços, coração aos tropeços, sentimentos.

  Martha Medeiros     (Loveisourweapon)


Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford. The museum is small comparing to the Natural History Museum of London, big when compared to the Grant Museum of Zoology, which is what remained of the University of Zoology in London. The museum was not that exciting, there were big bones, small ones, stuffed animals, insect curations, minerals, etc. What was different was the anthropology section (last photo), which resembled the British Museum, things from all around the world were displayed neatly across the very compact space. 

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Transport Ministery optimistic Malindo Air will fulfill DCA conditions

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23, 2015:

The Transport Ministry is confident that Malindo Air would fulfil the conditions set by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to extend its air operators certificate (AOC), which is expiring on Aug 31 this year.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, said the DCA had issued a directive to the airline to undertake improvements and resolve its documentation.

“We carry out audits on Malindo Air from time to time if there are safety issues or does not follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) and regulations (set) by the DCA.

“I am confident Malindo Air will meet the requirements set by the DCA in the near future…within three months,” he told reporters at Parliament lobby here today.

He was commenting on a message being widely circulated via WhatsApp which alleged that the DCA would not extend Malindo Air’s AOC as it found 90 offences in the airline’s flight operations management, aircraft maintenance, engineering, pilots’ licences and safety.

However, DCA director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman yesterday denied the allegations circulated on social media and instead said that the DCA was satisfied with several improvement efforts undertaken by the airline, which had applied to extend the AOC after its expiry on Aug 31.

Liow said the audit undertaken by the DCA on Malindo Air was a normal procedure for every airline to ensure safety of aircraft operations for passengers.

“The DCA is a department that monitors safety and airline companies’ development… needs to be strict in terms of SOP requirements,” he said.


The Zwartbles is a breed of domestic sheep originating in the Friesland region of the north Netherlands. There it was primarily used for the production of sheep milk as well as lamb and mutton. They were often kept alongside dairy cattle herds (Wikipedia, April 2014). 

Came across 3 of them yesterday, before retreating from the rain whilst trying to walk to the town from a very rural higher educational institution, Newport, Shropshire, England. 

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'DAP aware of PAS' hudud plan even before PR formed'

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23, 2015:

Veteran DAP leader Lim Kit Siang has been challenged to come clean about what he knew about PAS’ plan to implement hudud.

MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Lim was aware of the plan even before the last general election.

He added that it was already on PAS’ agenda which DAP defended in the general election.

“From this we can see what type of party DAP is. I urge them to come clean and tell the people what it knows.”

Liow said the Gelang Patah Member of Parliament should take responsibility as to what was happening now.

Speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby, he said DAP was playing politics with the hudud issue.

He urged them to stop doing so and take responsibility for what had happened.

Pokok Sena Member of Parliament Mahfuz Omar pointed out that the Syariah Criminal enactment had been passed in Kelantan in 1993.

He said DAP and PKR were well aware of this before they formed PR.

He said everyone in PR knew about it but the party would not force anyone to support the enactment.

The PAS information chief said each party had the right to make its own decision.

On Umno’s support for the enactment, Mahfuz said PAS did not know Umno’s stand on it and were waiting for its president Datuk Seri Najib Razak to make an announcement on it.

He added he felt Umno’s support for it was waning due to the statements made by component parties.

Mahfuz said the delay in making the announcement also showed that Umno might not support the enactment.

I am pleased that What’s That Bug ( has posted my photograph of an unidentified caterpillar species up on to their site, yet they can’t confirmed the species. I like rare bugs, I like macro photography, I hope some day I can make documentaries about insects. 

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DAP must stop PAS hudud enactment, says Liow

KUALA LUMPUR, March 15, 2015:

MCA today called on DAP to take all steps necessary to prevent PAS from presenting the revised hudud enactment to the Kelantan state assembly.

Speaking at his party’s 66th anniversary celebrations, MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai reminded DAP that time was running out as the deadline of March 18 was fast approaching.

He said although DAP had no members in the state assembly, it was the duty of the party, as a member of Pakatan Rakyat, to put a stop to it, while also pointing out that DAP had 37 Members of Parliament and could use this strength to stop the hudud enactment.

“DAP has been lying to the people since the last general election. It had misled the people by saying PAS was only interested in setting up a welfare state and not an Islamic state,” claimed Liow.

Liow said DAP was duty bound to protect the rights of the non-Muslim community.

“I want DAP to explain to the people as to what transpired during the Oct 20, 2011 meeting.

“PAS claims that the hudud issue had been discussed at the meeting and this was before the last election,” Liow said.

He said if this was proven to be true, then DAP had been lying to the people even before the last general election and they were also willing to do anything to obtain power.

“DAP must be held accountable for what is happening now,” Liow said, adding that his party would do everything it could to protect the Federal Constitution and the people.

“We will not be silent on this issue. We will make our voice heard.

“The Constitution protects the rights of everyone and we will stand by this,” he said, adding that MCA was against any form of extremism.