Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hot Topic 21/4 : Planes, Trains & Volcanic Ash

So, I'm sure you've heard about the chaos in Europe over the grounding of airplanes due to volcanic ash coming from Iceland. It became a major issue a few days back when most airports in the region had to be shutdown, espcially in the UK.

I was in Gold Coast when it happened and the news dominated the local media; not a big surprise, what with hundreds or thousands of their people stranded abroad with no way to get home.

But it was a different story when I got home on Monday. Local TV didn't have any real updates, the social media space wasn't really buzzing about it, and the papers; well, they're more interested in politics, politics and more politics.

And the thing is, we have Malaysians stranded abroad as well... And some of them happen to be my own colleagues. And from what I've heard, some of them have actually run out of funds and don't really know what to do.

So what have our relevant authorities done to lend these people a helping hand lah? Sure, they're not on government duties, but they're Malaysians, aren't they? So far, I haven't heard about them being offered accommodation or even food. Why lah? Come on, be more proactive; look for these people in need of help and do whatever you can.

Those who've experienced the pain of a cancelled flight would know how it feels to be living in an airport, even for a day. So, to whom it may concern, have a heart and do the right thing. Now.

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