March 26th, 2014
12:48 PM ET

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 relative tweets: 'Goodnight, daddy'

Much of the coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has focused on the passengers and the pilots but there were other people on the plane when it vanished.

The teenage daughter of the flight's chief steward has been tweeting to father ever since the plane disappeared.

Jeanne Moos has the story.

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  1. 0john0charles0heiser0

    The way in which Burnett speaks about Malaysia is insensitive, ignorant and a bit racialist. She seems to be looking for ways to make the all of the governments in the region look bad, especially Malaysia. I lived in Malaysia for five years and find it easy to understand what the Prime Minister is saying. I also recognize the fact that he is trying to be accommodating by using “Malinglish”, the English dialect spoken in Malaysia instead of his native tongue, Malay. He is going out of his way to be respectful towards the victims and their families. Attacking him for speaking English the way he does, is bring a picture perfect “Ugly American”, making all of us look bad. I do not see people from other nations being so hostile towards Malaysia except China. China has a political agenda. It is claiming territory in what is on Malaysia’s oceanic shelf as theirs, as well as trying to manipulate Malaysia’s large ethnic Chinese population. While she attacks the Malaysian Prime Minister for the way he speaks English, she ought to be aware that her verbosity carries over into being an attack upon Malaysian culture. Different cultures have different ways of expressing grief. It really is that simple. The prime minister is following classic ethnic Malay good manners, hinting, rather than being overbearing and blunt. Perhaps she needs a course in cultural sensitivity. Malaysia, about the size of Minnesota with a population roughly the same as California, became independent less than sixty years ago. It has gone through very difficult times, but, has managed to maintain a balance between large ethic Chinese and Indian minorities, and the native Malays, Orang Asli, and non-native Malays, as well as numerous other groups. In the South East Asia, its living standard is second only to Singapore, which is a bit more of a police state. When Malaysia was divided into several British colonies, it was a nation of plantations and mines, with serious rural poverty and ethnic issues. It now has the second highest standard of living in South East Asia, and a much improved educational system. Most, who have a university degree, are the first in their family to get that far in school. Their military is a much smaller part of the population than ours is, but, does much more than we do on UN peace keeping missions. They do not have hundreds of spy satellites like the US does, in fact, they have none as far as I know, but, I do not see them attacking the US for not sharing all of the information of the region its satellites would have gathered during the time MAS 370 was in the air. Of course they do not have the same technological tracking ability same technical ability as the United States. Did our military share all pertinent information it has about that region during the time MAS 370 with the Malaysians? I very much doubt it. Let us not forget that MAS 370 was an American aircraft, or that it is America, and American interests that are serious targets for extremist terrorists. It is the two nations who are contesting each other over their geo-political interests in the region, China and the United States, which are most verbal in their attacks on the Malaysians. What I would like to know is, how does that help find the missing plane and its passengers? Someone from Malaysia asked me, "with all of your satellites, how is it possible the Americans cannot find this plane?" What do they “the Americans”) expect us (Malaysians) to be able to do? These are good questions. Perhaps Burnett should answer them. Burnett might also ask why how much information is being given to the searchers by the major powers, which would include, but not be limited to, the US, China, and Russia. Malaysia may well be the best friend we have in the region. It is the only country in the region not to have been governed by a dictator, or had the military seize power. Extremists of all sorts are kept in check. People are generally very friendly and will invite travelers from other lands into their homes, offering food and something like coffee or tea to drink. Most Malaysians are very friendly and nice to others, and so when they hear themselves attacked in the media for something they really have no control over, it really hurts them. Is such talk going to help find the people in the missing aircraft? Then why do it? If Burnett understood the least bit about cultures in that region of the world, she would know that it is normal people bearing bad news, to try to soften it, hinting ion a way people understand, without being crude and graphic. I watched the English fellow try to explain that to her without success. She seems to wish to find fault with the Malaysians whatever they do or say. In my opinion, she is acting more like a petulant school girl than a responsible news anchor. Her insensitivity extends to Indonesia as well. When she said that the Indonesians have not made any statements that would eliminate the possibility of MAS Flight 370 of having landed or crashed in Indonesia or in Indonesian Waters, I cringed. Her arrogant tone is both ignorant and offensive. Does she know that there are more than 17,000 islands in Indonesia, most of them uninhabited? I watch the new because I would like information of what is going on. I am tired of listening to opinion givers who seem to lack the broad and comprehensive pool of knowledge that ought to be required. A small example, to emphasize my point; as I write this, a political party that openly admires Adolph Hitler, and which, to the delight of such brain dead (?) conservatives as John McCain, are rounding up those with differing opinions. People are being killed or intimidated, while both Democrats and Republicans are supporting a political party that has genuine roots in the Ukrainian political organization which welcomed the invading Nazis in 1942, worked with and fought alongside them. On an even more bizarre note, the Israeli government appears to have no problem with these people. The National Socialists, or the Nazis of Ukraine, have pictures of Hitler in their party headquarters. John McCain was photographed, arm in arm, with people who have stated they wish to revive Nazism. They have nuclear weapons. They are real Nazis. They currently control the Ukraine, with the exception of the Crimea which voted overwhelmingly to secede from a Nazi state. The United States wants to help them. Ms. Burnett, where are you?

    April 3, 2014 at 10:42 pm | Reply
  2. Joey at Purdue Univ

    One of the most impactful parts of this was the talk of watching the Liverpool games with her Dad.

    One of the 2 or 3 great joys of my life is live texting Colts games with my li'l Sis. Sports, for all their faults, can have that effect of a universal understanding of the enjoyment & bonding derived from them. Community, I guess.

    March 28, 2014 at 7:48 pm | Reply
    • Joey at Purdue Univ

      ... So if my li'l Sis wasn't there for me to text the next time Andrew Luck Supermans his way thru a goal line defense, I can't even BEGIN to conjure how I'd process that as an adult. How a child like this would feel having to watch her favorite team without her Dad there cheering them on, booing the opposition, and cringing when they fail, is pretty much beyond comprehension for me.

      March 28, 2014 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  3. Joey at Purdue Univ

    "Even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the Awful Grace of god."

    March 26, 2014 at 11:12 pm | Reply

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