Foreign Ministership, par excellence

Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman is effectively carrying through the Malaysian flag in his capacity as a Cabinet member, in handling of the shocking downing of Malaysia Airlines B777-200ER 9M-MRD MH17 AMS -KUL on 17 July 2014.


Today, he presented himself to His Majesty King Willem and Queen Maxima of Netherlands.

The Dutch lost 193 souls in the horrid mishap, which is believed to be caused by surface-to-missile whilst flying 10% short of the speed of sound at the elevation of 33,000ft.

One of the 40 caskets with remains of MH17 victims is being loaded onto a waiting hearse in Eindhoven

The first 40 caskets carrying the remains of the 298 souls perished with 9M-MRD arrived in Eindhoven yesterday, via special militaryi transports from Kharkiv, Ukraine. King Willem, Queen Maxima and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte along with Foreign Minister Anifah and Transport Minister Dato Seri Liow were present in the very sombre military affair.

Now begins the forensic process of identification, before these remains could be handed over to their loved ones for proper religious service and send of.

Foreign Minister Anifah has provided examplry top level diplomacy, in sorting out priorities preceded upon the confirmation of the brutal downing of 9M-MRD. He was with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko when he was in Kiev.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on Foreign Minister Dato' Seri Anifah Aman at the Malaysian Embassy in Kiev

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman at the Malaysian Embassy in Kiev

He obtained full Ukrainian and Russian co-operation, in the effort to extract the remains and the same time having three Malaysian investigators visit the crash site where OSCE were not allowed.

It is obvious that Malaysia’s long standing international diplomacy since the early 60s in the intracacy of cold war especially in South East Asia, were followed through. Now, Anifah even strengthened it further, in the nation’s most trying moment.

Published in: on July 24, 2014 at 19:00  Comments (3)  

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  1. I’m not sure if Anifah deserves more credit than the usual. However, he certainly deserves credit for the initiative of flying into Kieve and talk to the Ukranian Government.

    And Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had not much more choice than do what he did – he is hoping Ukraine to be a member of EU and NATO. Both he and Anifah would have got more credit if they had managed to get the rebels agree to let the investigating team enter the crash site earlier and less days lost in recovering the deceased passengers and crew.

    But the “silent boys” or those who worked silently must be praised. Those who got Najib to speak on the phone and get the rebel leader agree without any terms. I believe a lot of ground work must have been done. By the likes of the National Security Council officers and others who “worked silently”, like the British MI6 and the KGV, or whatever their name now. (The CIA worked “noisily”, heboh with transparency that the Bersih, Pakatoon people and all are aping these days. And that stupid what’sthename so-called whistle blower Son of a Gun revealing international secrets causing embarrassment among many countries).

    True, the politicians must be allowed to take the credit – they are the political masters, they won general elections and rule the country. But let’s give some encouragement to those Malaysians who “work silently”. There are many among the Police, the Military, and I believe among the Civil Service civilians also. Bravo to all of them.

  2. The Star reports

    “It’s still touch-and-go at crash site

    GRABOVO: There is no systematic recovery of the wreckage or of MH17’s dead. OSCE teams go down to the sites on a daily basis and with them, groups of not more than three or four foreign observers at a time. Their style is very much touch-and-go.”

    Why not more than three or four? If for protection against Ukrainian government troops or rival rebel soldiers attcking, it’s understandable.

    Hope it’s not connected with the allegation that they were the ones who mistakenly shot down the plane.

    Whatever it was, the accident had happened. We now must ask them to just let the Investigating team(s) and recovery people complete their job.

  3. Better and steadier VP UMNO material than some of the existing ones.

    Indonesia is doing away with aristocrasy for President. The artisto better not be too comfortable. Buck up!

    Times a changing, just a matter of when …

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