Parit Buntar MP Mujahid Yusof Rawa last night called for an immediate independent inquiry into the disappearance of MH370.
Mujahid said an independent inquiry could not wait until the black box was found, which could take months if not years, if at all it is located.
The Pas MP made the call during a ‘unity dinner’ organised by the Penang Pas Supporters Club, which includes the party’s non-Muslim supporters, at the Dewan JKKK in Bayan Lepas.
Several key questions had to be investigated now, said Mujahid; in particular, why did the air force fail to immediately detect the aircraft turning back across the peninsula? He disagreed that the solution was to change to a new radar system; instead he said a change of government was necessary.
Mujahid regretted attempts to question the professionalism or tarnish the reputation of the pilot, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, his contemporary at Penang Free School, without solid evidence.
People also wanted to know what was in cargo manifest, he added.
Mujahid’s fellow bridge-builder, Abdul Rahman Kasim, recited an emotional poem he had composed, ‘MH370, M370, where have you gone?’ to pin-drop silence.
Pas’ spiritual adviser Nik Aziz, via a special video message for the dinner, lauded the party’s initiatives to reach out to people of other faiths, who are free to accept Islam or otherwise while stressing there was no compulsion in Islam.
The guest-of-honour at the unity dinner was Bishop Sebastian Francis. Other guests included a few church representatives and NGO reps and close to 200 diners. Earlier, a lively Indian cultural dance performance set the tone for the evening.
In his speech, Bishop Sebastian spelt out a message of peace, but stressed that there could be no peace without justice; and in turn, there could be no justice without forgiveness.
Mujahid welcomed Sebastian’s message and said the gist of it could also be found in the Qur’an. He said he would like to see this message of justice and peace included in Pas’ party manifesto. The Pas MP added that Nik Aziz welcomed the initiative to dialogue with churches and the ‘Tok Guru’ would make it a point to fondly enquire about the bishop’s well-being.
His voice rising, the Pas national unity bureau chief declared that he and his colleagues would do everything in their power to reject ethno-religious extremism, which he said had no place in Malaysian society, and to defend the rights of minorities. There was no reason why people should even be referred to as Chinese Malaysians or Indian Malaysians; we are Malaysians, Mujahid thundered.
A brief downpour during the dinner broke the prolonged dry spell in Penang; this was hujan rahmat (showers of blessing), said Mujahid, who appeared to be in his element.