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Sunday, July 21, 2024

Fernandes demands answers with airlines losing ‘millions’ in IT outage


Capital A Bhd CEO Tony Fernandes said AirAsia is not letting its guard down and is prepared for any further disruption.  (File pic)
The global IT outage has caused airlines to lose millions in revenue and created chaos in people’s lives, said Capital A Bhd CEO Tony Fernandes.

Fernandes acknowledged CrowdStrike’s apology but emphasised that airlines were still waiting for an explanation from Microsoft about the incident.

“Tech companies have little empathy. After what we went through with Covid-19, they had no sympathy (then). Now they have issues and expect us all to understand.

Well, I’m not going to. Airlines need answers and compensation,
 he said in a LinkedIn post today.

CrowdStrike Holdings Inc, an American cybersecurity technology company based in Austin, Texas, provides endpoint protection, threat intelligence and cyberattack response services.

Despite the chaos that ensued from the IT outage, Fernandes highlighted the importance of learning and growing from the situation.

He said the situation seemed to have stabilised on the second day of the global IT outage which affected AirAsia’s operations at KLIA Terminal 2, but the airline was not 

letting their guard down

We stand ready for any further disruption,
 he said.

Fernandes said the airline has been managing operations manually, including check-ins, printing boarding passes and baggage drop-offs, with over 100 Allstar volunteers assisting on the ground.

This reminds me of our early days 23 years ago when everything was done manually. We are proud that we have minimised flight cancellations due to our agility in switching to manual operations and our sincere commitment to serve the people.

Despite some delays, he sought to assure the public that AirAsia was determined to transport everyone safely to their destinations.

Huge thanks to our passengers who have been patient and appreciative of our efforts throughout this ordeal,
 he said.

AirAsia resumed its online check-in operations at 2pm today, following the global IT glitch that began yesterday afternoon.

Major institutions, including banks, media channels and hospitals in several countries, were also reportedly affected by the global IT outage. - FMT

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Saturday, July 20, 2024



Early morning jogging at the beach front at Tuaran, Sabah, Malaysia

Three gentlemen are golfing on a fine sunny day. They come to a difficult par with a water trap just after the tee. The first golfer proceeds to hit his ball right into the water. To retrieve it, he simply approaches the body of water and extends his golf club. The water parts, he takes his next shot and it lands on the green. The second golfer hits his ball towards the water, but rather than sink, the ball floats on top of the water. The golfer nonchalantly walks across the water and hits the ball onto the green.

The third golfer hits the ball directly into the water, where it quickly starts to sink. As the ball sinks, a fish grabs the ball in its mouth. At that very moment, a hawk plucks the fish out of the water and begins to carry it aloft. As the bird soars higher, a bolt of lightning startles the bird, which then drops the fish into a nearby tree. When the fish hits a branch of the tree, the ball pops out, rolls down the trunk of the tree, across the green and right into the hole...
Moses turns to Jesus and says "You know, I hate golfing with your Father."

I met a nice girl at a bar last night and asked her to call me when she made it home.
I have not heard from her since.

She must be homeless!


Q: What is the lion's favourite food?
A: Baked beings!

Pfizer Corp is making an announcement today that Viagra will soon be available in liquid form and will be marketed by Pepsi Co as a power beverage suitable for use as a mixer. Pepsi's proposed advertisement campaign claims it will now be possible for a man to literally pour himself a stiff one!

Obviously, we can no longer call this a soft drink. This additive gives new meaning to the names of cocktails, highballs and just a good old fashioned stiff drink. Pepsi will market the new concoction by the name of "Mount & Do"!

A minister who was very fond of pure, hot horseradish always kept a bottle of it on his dining room table. Once, at dinner, he offered some to a guest, who took a big spoonful. The guest let out a huge gasp. When he was finally able to speak, he choked out, "I've heard many ministers preach hellfire, but you are the first one I've met who passes out a sample of it."

Jeff Dunham: You're afraid of offending people?
Ahmed: Yeah.
Jeff Dunham: You're a terrorist. You kill people.
Ahmed: That's different. Killing people is easy; being politically correct is a pain in the ass.

Q: If a four-legged animal is a quadruped and a two-legged animal is a biped, What's a tiger?
A: A stri-ped!

If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port, and the bus is interrupted as a very last resort, and the address of the memory makes your floppy disk abort, then the socket packet pocket has an error to report!

If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash, and the double-clicking icon puts your window in the trash, and your data is corrupted because the index doesn't hash, then your situation's hopeless, and your system is going to crash!
You can't say this?
What a shame, sir!
We'll find you another game, sir.

If the label on the cable on the table at your house, says the network is connected to the button on your mouse, but your packets want to tunnel on another protocol, that is repeatedly rejected by the printer down the hall.

And your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss so your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse, then you may as well reboot and go out with a bang, because as sure as I'm a poet, the sucker is going to hang!

When the copy of your floppy's getting sloppy on the disk, and the microcode instructions cause unnecessary risk, then you have to flash your memory and you'll want to RAM your ROM. Quickly turn off the computer and be sure to tell your mom!

As usual, we remind you to take your Memo Plus Gold daily. It will help to keep you alert and mentally sharp. For more information or to order for Memo Plus Gold, please visit : https://oze.my.

The non-proliferation problem

Free Malaysia Today

Avril Haines, the US director of National Intelligence, recently warned that 

Russia’s need for support in the context of Ukraine has forced it to grant some long-sought concessions to China, North Korea, and Iran with the potential to undermine, among other things, long-held non-proliferation norms

How much does this matter? Some theorists have long been skeptical about efforts to limit the spread of nuclear weapons, even arguing that proliferation can be a stabilising force.

If the horrors associated with nuclear weapons are one reason why there have been no wars between great powers since 1945, they argue, perhaps the same effect can be replicated at the regional level. India and Pakistan developed a nuclear balance in the 1990s, and there have been no disastrous consequences so far.

But would prudence still prevail in a world of 

nuclear-armed porcupines?

 Then US president John F Kennedy did not think so. As he put it during a March 1963 press conference:

With all of the history of war, and the human race’s history, unfortunately has been a good deal more war than peace, with nuclear weapons distributed all through the world, and available, and the strong reluctance of any people to accept defeat, I see the possibility in the 1970’s of the president of the US having to face a world in which 15 or 20 or 25 nations may have these weapons. I regard that as the greatest possible danger and hazard.

Later that year, Kennedy signed a treaty banning atmospheric nuclear testing, setting the stage for the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which now has 191 members.

The treaty’s five recognised nuclear-weapons states – the US, the Soviet Union, Britain, France, and China – pledged not to spread nuclear weapons, and its 186 other members pledged not to develop them.

Israel, India, and Pakistan refused to sign the NPT and did develop nuclear weapons; North Korea signed the treaty but then withdrew to develop its nuclear programme.

That brings the total of nuclear-armed states to nine, which is far from perfect, but much better than Kennedy predicted. Defenders of this imperfect regime argue that the rate of spread is as important as the number of states possessing the bomb, because greater predictability improves the prospect of maintaining stability.

Already, Saudi Arabia has threatened to develop nuclear weapons if Iran does. If there are regional cascades of new nuclear-armed states, the probability of accidents and miscalculations would increase substantially.

Haines explicitly mentioned Iran and North Korea. Both had been under United Nations sanctions in which China, Russia, and the West cooperated. Until recently, Russia had a long history of supporting non-proliferation.

Not only did it sign the NPT, but it also adopted the 1978 Nuclear Suppliers Group Guidelines, under which vendors of civil nuclear equipment agreed to exercise prudence in their export policies.

Now that Vladimir Putin is becoming dependent on North Korean military supplies to sustain his war in Ukraine, however, he has ended Russia’s cooperation on non-proliferation.

While Iran has long had a nuclear-weapons programme based on enriched uranium, it has gone through fits and starts in response to external pressures. The regime has been careful to keep its production of highly enriched uranium below the threshold needed to produce a nuclear arsenal.

But with Russia relying on Iranian drones, China relying on Iranian oil, and Donald Trump having foolishly scrapped the Iran nuclear deal in 2018, international cooperation on non-proliferation has broken down here, too.

Moreover, some believe (probably mistakenly) that Russia would not have invaded Ukraine if the Ukrainians had kept the nuclear weapons that they inherited when the Soviet Union collapsed. If this assumption gains traction, the prospects for non-proliferation will worsen.

I am reminded of a similar situation in the past. Following the oil crisis of 1973, the conventional wisdom was that the world would need to turn to nuclear energy. But because many believed (incorrectly) that the world was running out of uranium, everyone set their sights on reprocessed plutonium – a by-product of burning uranium in nuclear reactors.

Forecasts at the time suggested that some 46 countries would be reprocessing plutonium by 1990. If so, the world would be awash in weapons-grade material, and the risk of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism would increase catastrophically.

In 1974, India became the first state beyond the five listed in the NPT to launch what it euphemistically termed a 

peaceful nuclear explosion


Soon thereafter, France agreed to sell a plutonium-reprocessing plant to Pakistan, where prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had vowed that his country would eat grass before letting India develop a nuclear monopoly in South Asia.

In Latin America, Germany was selling a uranium-enrichment plant to Brazil, and Argentina was looking at plutonium. As many other countries quietly explored their options, it appeared as if a nuclear-arms race was under way.

Fortunately, it never materialised. Then US president Jimmy Carter pursued a non-proliferation policy that succeeded in slowing the momentum. Only two additional countries have developed the bomb since the 1970s, rather than the 25 that Kennedy feared.

While everyone assumed that not much could be done about proliferation, Carter thought otherwise. Thanks to his administration’s efforts, the French-Pakistani and German-Brazilian deals were scuttled. The US created an international commission to study the nuclear fuel cycle, and this reduced momentum towards reprocessing plutonium and the use of 

breeder reactors


Those harbouring doubts about the viability of non-proliferation ought to consider this lesson from history. Even if proliferation cannot be stopped, it can be slowed, and that can make all the difference. - FMT

Free Malaysia Today

Joseph S Nye, Jr, is a former dean of the Harvard Kennedy School.

The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of MMKtT.

Can Anwar win a second term as PM?


Murray Hunter

The probability that Anwar Ibrahim will end up as just a one-term prime minister is rising.

After all, he did not get the mandate to be PM on the strength of Pakatan Harapan (PH) alone in the 15th general election (GE15).

In fact, not a single party or coalition won enough seats to get anywhere near a simple majority in the Dewan Rakyat.

In the 2022 general election, PH won 82 seats and Perikatan Nasional (PN) went home with 74.

Initially Barisan Nasional (BN), which bagged 30 seats, was prepared to throw its lot behind PN together with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

But finally BN and GPS, whose combined take in the Dewan Rakyat made them the kingmaker, picked Anwar as Malaysia’s 10th prime minister.

It is highly likely that the next general election (GE16) will yield similar results but with peninsula-based parties winning a different number of seats than they did in GE15.

We can expect an erosion of support for Umno, the lynchpin of BN, but how far that will go remains to be seen.

Umno retains some support in the southern states of the peninsula but overall, PN is likely to end up with more seats than the PH-BN partnership.

This makes parties in Sabah and Sarawak the kingmakers, so it will be a mistake for any peninsula-based party to take them for granted.

For Anwar to return as PM, he will need PH to hold on to as many seats as possible and retain the support he has received from Sabah and Sarawak.

Given that the DAP is most likely to hold on to its 40 seats means the focus will be on PKR and Amanah to keep as many as possible of theirs.

The best scenario for Anwar is not just for PH parties to retain their seats but also to keep Umno as a partner even if it loses some seats, as well as maintain support from Sabah and Sarawak.

That will get him a second term in office.

But for PN, there are high hopes that they will wrest many seats from Umno and PKR as well as chip away some support from Amanah, which now has eight seats.

Hypothetically, if PN can take 20 seats from the PH-BN partnership, it will give them 94 seats in the Dewan.

Once again, Sabah and Sarawak will be the kingmakers and if PN can entice them to switch sides, it will get to nominate its own man for the post of prime minister.

It is obvious that both sides of the political divide in the peninsula believe their can win the mandate in GE16. However, some uncertainties remain.

The big question is will Umno implode? Its leadership issue is a big concern and the Najib Razak factor has caused some instability within the party.

Secondly, PH may try to regain non-Malay support by changing its style of government though this is unlikely to happen based on the attitude of the current leadership.

Thirdly, some black swan event, such as PAS joining the unity government or the DAP joining PN, may take place. This will change everything.

Finally, Sabah or Sarawak may insist that one of their own becomes prime minister in the next government.

In a scenario where there is more than one claim to the prime ministership, Anwar’s self-positioning as an establishment man will work in his favour.

Discretion is allowed in the selection of prime minister in accordance with Article 40(2)(a) of the Federal Constitution and this was most definitely utilised in the appointment of the last three prime ministers.

As a consequence, any prime ministerial nominee from any other party will have to take this incumbency factor into account.

Economic management may turn out to be the unity government’s Achilles heel.

Anwar’s government is actually undertaking some hard and unpopular economic reforms with subsidy rationalisation and moving towards EPF from pension schemes within the public sector.

Hard economic reforms often hurt and will not win votes as the outcome of the Sungai Bakap by-election showed.

The government has three more years to show that its economic plan will benefit the people.

Time will tell if this will become a major factor in determining the results of the next general election.

Perhaps Anwar’s best strategy is to focus on issues that people vote on.

PN sees the advantage of being a largely silent opposition.

By keeping relatively quiet, it is just letting the unity government lose votes rather than work hard to win them.

From this perspective the PN strategists are out-foxing PH. - FMT

The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of MMKtT.