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Airliner crisis compounds Malaysian government's woes

Malaysia's missing-plane crisis has exposed the shortcomings of a ruling regime already wrestling with a rapidly shrinking support base, fierce racial divisions and international criticism of its tough handling of political opponents. The same government has ruled since Malaysia's birth in 1957, and political observers said its much-criticised response to the jet drama is symptomatic of years of institutional atrophy under an ethnic Malay elite known for cronyism.

Airliner crisis compounds Malaysian government's woes

Malaysia's missing-plane crisis has exposed the shortcomings of a ruling regime already wrestling with a rapidly shrinking support base, fierce racial divisions and international criticism of its tough handling of political opponents. The same government has ruled since Malaysia's birth in 1957, and political observers said its much-criticised response to the jet drama is symptomatic of years of institutional atrophy under an ethnic Malay elite known for cronyism.

Scrutiny of Malaysia pilots reveals picture of normality

By Stuart Grudgings and Anshuman Daga KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - One is a technical wizard whose affable manner made him a favorite of trainee pilots; the other an enthusiastic young aviator planning to marry his sweetheart. The captain and co-pilot of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 are now at the center of a baffling paradox: as circumstantial evidence mounts that at least one of them may have been involved in the plane's disappearance on March 8, accounts of their lives portray them as sociable, well-balanced and happy.

Anwar 'disgusted' by speculation over missing plane's pilot

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim condemned on Tuesday speculation that the captain of a missing Malaysian airliner -- a member of his party and a distant relative -- may have had political motives to sabotage the plane. Describing Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah as a "decent man", Anwar said he was "disgusted" by what he saw as an attempt to smear the pilot and somehow implicate the opposition leadership in the March 8 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Anwar 'disgusted' by speculation over missing plane's pilot

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim condemned on Tuesday speculation that the captain of a missing Malaysian airliner -- a member of his party and a distant relative -- may have had political motives to sabotage the plane. Describing Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah as a "decent man", Anwar said he was "disgusted" by what he saw as an attempt to smear the pilot and somehow implicate the opposition leadership in the March 8 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Malaysia probe spotlights DIY politico, and groom-to-be

The cockpit crew now under scrutiny over Malaysia's missing airliner are a politically active captain who enjoyed cooking and home improvements, and a young co-pilot said to be engaged to his flight-school sweetheart. Malaysia says "deliberate action" in the cockpit led to the flight's disappearance, and police have searched the homes of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, and First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27. But little has emerged to implicate either man.

Malaysia under fresh fire over handling of plane crisis

China spearheaded fresh criticism Sunday of Malaysia's handling of a missing airliner drama, saying it "squandered" precious time and resources by releasing dramatic information on the plane's fate a full week after it vanished. Prime Minister Najib Razak revealed a day earlier that an investigation indicates Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was deliberately diverted and flew for several hours after leaving its intended flight path.

Malaysia under fresh fire over handling of plane crisis

China spearheaded fresh criticism Sunday of Malaysia's handling of a missing airliner drama, saying it "squandered" precious time and resources by releasing dramatic information on the plane's fate a full week after it vanished. Prime Minister Najib Razak revealed a day earlier that an investigation indicates Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was deliberately diverted and flew for several hours after leaving its intended flight path, though he stopped short of saying it was hijacked.

'Deliberate' disappearance of Malaysian flight fuels Chinese families' worries

Relatives of the passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 voiced fear and concern Saturday after reports that the jet's diversion may have been intentional, demanding answers one week after the plane's disappearance. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters in Kuala Lumpur that the plane's sudden changing of direction after vanishing from civilian radar was "consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane" and that its final satellite communication came more than six-and-a-half hours after it vanished from civilian radar.

Malaysian PM to hold press conference on missing plane

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was to address a press conference Saturday on the fate of a missing Malaysian airliner, his office said Saturday. Najib will make an announcement at approximately 1:30pm (0530) GMT, the prime minister's office said on its official Twitter account. jz-gh/jw
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