Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashes in Ukraine

A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crashes in Ukraine, near Russian border, on Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard, mostly Dutch. It’s widely believed that the plane was shot down by pro-Russian separatist.

My condolences to the families and relatives. Like many people around the world, I’m shocked and saddened by the news. Can’t comprehend the reason behind the attack, and can’t understand how it was deemed safe to fly over the region.

This is the second disaster involving Malaysia Airlines this year. The flight MH370, which gone missing in March, has yet to be found.

Sultan Azlan Shah (1928-2014)

Sultan Azlan Shah of PerakSultan Azlan Shah, former Yang di-Pertuan Agong (head of state of Malaysia), the Sultan of Perak, the state I was born, has passed away on Wednesday at the age of 86.

The Sultan wasn’t the de-facto successor to the throne. He was a lawyer, later a prosecutor, a judge, and the Lord President of the Federal Court of Malaysia.

He became the Sultan in 1984, after a string of unexpected events. To cut short, if his successor, Sultan Idris Shah II, died a few months earlier, he won’t be the Sultan.

His wife became the first ever commoner Queen in the history of Malaysia when he became the King in 1989-1994 (in a unique elective monarchy system).

He was also a patron for a few educational institutions, including as Chancellor of the University of Malaya, where I graduated from. It’s regrettable that I couldn’t receive my scroll directly from the man; he usually attended only the first day of the ceremony.

He was a state hockey player and contributed to the growth of the game, both domestically and internationally. And he’s also famous for his good looks =)

He will be missed. Al-Fatihah, rest in peace.

South Korea ferry disaster

Hundreds of people are missing after a ferry capsized and sank in South Korea.

The ship sent a distress signal around 9am KST, April 16, and sank in two hours.

There’re conflicting numbers, four confirmed dead, 260-290 people unaccounted for.

My thought goes to the victims and families. Hope there’re some miracles.

Thai commercial – Unsung Hero

A recent commercial for Thai Life Insurance. Being charitable is commendable but shouldn’t go beyond your means, that’s what I always believe.

The intention is nice but there’re so many wrongs in the short film, e.g. if he saved the fried chicken he fed the strayed dog he could have sent the kid to school a lot sooner; and the flower pot doesn’t solve much problem, that water need to be fixed.

Malaysia Airlines MH370

Condolences to the families of the passengers and crew on board of MH370 flight.

Malaysia’s prime minister announced late Monday that the plane, which has been missing since March 8, had crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

The conclusion came via data and analysis from UK satellite firm Inmarsat and the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

There are still many questions unanswered. Hope the plane could be found soon to provide proper closure for the victims and families.