Leaders of the opposition Pakatan Rakyat Party in Malaysia have dismissed a report in the Mail on Sunday that the Captain of Malaysian Airlines MH370 was a ‘political fanatic’ and that this may have something to do with the plane’s enforced disappearance.

According to The Star newspaper in Malaysia the report was described by PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil as nothing but ‘wild allegations’ from “a sensationalist tabloid known for cooking up stories.”

“If there is any concrete data backing up an allegation we will respond to it. If anyone aboard (the flight) chose to attend the Anwar trial that is their right as it was in open court.”

Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, had according to the British Mail On Sunday headlines attended the trial and verdict for sodomy of Anwar Ibraham, and was a staunch supporter.

The allegations that Captain Zaharie might have been politically motivated have been up for discussion ever since his close friend Peter Chong told the BBC’s Jonathan Head earlier in the week that he was a political activist, and earlier information from posters to this site.
But Zaharie, a life member of the PRK was just was just one of many opposition supporters who blamed the government for destroying Malaysia. 
Nevertheless Prime Minister Najib Razak has yet to say that the plane was hijacked by terrorists – and until he does, the flight crew will still remain at the top of the suspect list.

PKR Vice-President N. Surendran told the Star: 

 “There is not a drop of evidence to support such speculation. It is just a speculation. Let us be fair to the missing captain as well – he cannot answer for himself.”

While the Mail on Sunday headlines the fact Captain Zaharie was at the Anwar trial in the body of the story the newspaper quotes an unnamed investigator as saying:
 “Colleagues said Zaharie told them he planned to attend the court case involving Anwar on March 7, just hours before the Beijing flight, but investigators had not yet been able to confirm if he was among the crowd of Anwar supporters at court.”

The Mail on Sunday however said Zaharie  quoting anonymous sources was ‘obsessed with politics’.

There are of course strong indicators that the crew WERE involved.

Zaharie’s family moved out of the home the day before the flight and the plans ACARS reporting system was switched off before the pilot said ‘Goon night’ to air traffic control in Malaysia.

Meanwhile Anwar Ibrahim has criticized the Malaysian Prime Minister for refusing to answer media questions yesterday:
“He does not know how to handle the matter.
“A nation in crisis needs strong leadership. The leadership failure here is what the whole world is watching now.
“You are the Prime Minister and you have to lead. You should show the world that you are prepared to lead,” said Anwar.

Anwar – Newsweek cover

Meanwhile new allegations are being made today that (1) Malaysian Govermment repeatedly declined the assistance of Interpol and (2) ignored a statement by the Vietnamese government four day ago that MH370 had turned away from Vietnam.

Today the Malaysian Government is also seeking the assistance of all countries along the two corridors one of which they believe the aircraft flew along. “

The countries include: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and Australia.

Footnote: Media coverage on this has not been helped by

ambiguities and lack of answers. Mailonline coverage however has been as usual vast and a must-watch even though, like the media everywhere (here included) they have published stories, which even if not proven wrong, turn out to be red herrings.  The political side of Captain Zaharie was waiting to be done. And indeed Special Branch are duty bound to check everything about the flight crew. But the suggestions that he was involved has clearly upset lot of Malaysians who have been sending strong messages to the media all week that Captain Zaharie was a 100 per cent kind of guy. Professional to the last. And perhaps equally fanatical about his work, his flight simulator, and his DIY videos. But then again both Captain and First Officer must be the prime suspects – in fact they are the only suspects.
The Malaysian Government’s confirmation that the ACARS system was turned off before a pilot said goodnight on the radio is a little bit chilling.


  1. American satellite technology is probably capable of watching what Andrew is having for breakfast. To suggest that satellite technology employed by their military and that of some other countries has not picked up the actual flight path and destination of the plane js most unlikely. Transponders can only be turned off from within the flight deck and warning controls and signals can be overridden by pilots. Flight deck doors are locked so no passenger should be able to enter. If one pilot leaves the deck, the door is locked behind him. If he does not return the remaining pilot radios the situation. He does not open the door. Unfriendly countries may of course not concede any landing or radar traffic. One assumes if the plane traveled over Thailand it would have been reported. Countries like North Korea maybe not so. Malaysia cannot, for commercial reasons if nothing else, be too transparent or make too many admissions. And they have not done so It is China and America who have pushed them to say something.

  2. The fact the guys wife and kid left his home the day before, according to the daily mail, seems potentially the most relevant 'red flag' concerning some sort of pilot suicide type situation.

    Papers very quiet on it but I guess there's a lot going on behind the scenes…

  3. Now we know the senior pilots wife and children left the family home the day before the flight it does not leave much to the imagination what the pilots thoughts were

    1. Matt I agree this was well planned out.However your assumption "the door is always locked .." therefore it was the pilots, simply isn't sound evidence.
      We already know the Flight Officer tended toward breach of security rules in just such matters.

      Low flying to evade radar detection? ACARS reception avoidance? 20 Chinese Techies on board… doesn't add up to a last minute suicide. It adds up to to well planned and highly sophisticated operation. Jihadists? Think we'd be getting some gruesome videos by now
      USA's NSA ? One of the more far out theories and increasing becoming more believable from satellite imagery is a fly along AWACS aircraft was used to jam radar. We know US security and military agencies will do just about anything if they feel threatened enough.
      And I don't think it was the plane they were after.

  4. HD, the door may or may not have been kept locked against unauthorised access. The rules and procedures are clear, what actually happened is not. A passenger could have been escorted in by a fight attendant, either willingly or not. The pilots may have opened the door. Control could have been taken by one or both pilots or by a passenger or passengers. Whatever happened, I agree it was meticulously planned. There are holes in zerohedge's logic. The pilot profiles have not been totally accepted. The hijack could have been by pilot or passenger. And what was the motive?

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