Something to like: Friends of Captain Zaharie MH370 Facebook page

If you are family or friend of Captain Zaharie, the pilot of MH370 that went missing more than 10 days ago and feel that much of what is being said about him was unfair, careless or plain sensationalism, what would you do?

You could face the media but that would be a huge strain. The pressure would be enormous, you would be subjected to a public inquisition and a small slip of the tongue could crucify you and reflect badly on the Captain. And even if you are good with the media you could still be subject to misinterpretation and misquotes.

Yet you feel that you need to set the record straight on some matters. In the captain’s case, some media reported that authorities raided his house and confiscated his home-made simulator when apparently the facts are that they want to the house and respectfully asked if they could inspect it. Th family cooperated fully and even helped to dismantle it. It was a picture of cooperation, not of authorities busting into the defensive home of a political fanatic.

What do you do? For Captain Zaharie’s family and friends their answer lies with starting a Facebook Page “Friends of Captain Zaharie MH370“.


It would have been better if they had identified who exactly was hosting the page to give it more credibility but under the circumstances this was enough and they have taken to providing information and clearing the air about misreports and misinterpretations.

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This is smart use of social media during a crisis-like situation and corporations would do well to take a leaf from the Captain’s family and friends for their own crisis moments.

And why not? The Internet now allows almost anyone to own their own media. You could, in short order, set up a blog or reconfigure your webpage, set up a Facebook page and a twitter account, or use your existing one with a particular hashtag to do what the Captain’s friends have just done.

What you can do then is post notes to inform or announce information, or correct misinformation. If you want to go further you could also post your own videoclips and even open up a “press room” where you take the media’s questions and answer them through the net. The journalists would not like this very much as it takes too much control out of them, but what choice do they have if that is the only source of timely information from you?

This is not to say that a corporation should eschew the traditional face-to-face interviews, briefings and press conferences but social media now allows you to have a medium where you too can be a broadcaster to take the monopoly of power from the mass media.

Yet this is something corporations don’t do enough when confronted with emergencies and it because bad habits are hard to break, or that they feel that they are not engaging enough unless you do things in the real rather than the virtual world?








4 thoughts on “Something to like: Friends of Captain Zaharie MH370 Facebook page

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  1. Berbeza dengan banyak pendapat media luar yang mencibirkan Ma Lie Sia …. Atas dasar tolak pikir “Out of the box” .. saya punya pendapat yang berbeza.

    Bagi saya pihak Kerajaan UMNO/BN sangat-sangat SMART menghandle case MH370 ini dengan baik. Mereka sesunguhnya SMART, tetapi mereka sengaja bertindak dan berlaku seperti orang Idiot atau tidak kompetent dalam memanage hilang MH370 ini. Menurut analisis saya, pihak Kerajaan Ma Lie Sia memang sesungguhnya tidak menginginkan pesawar MH370 ini ditemukan untuk menutupi “sesuatu” yang tejadi agar tidak membuat “Malu” pihak Kerajaan di mata rakyatnya sendiri … Bagi pihak Kerajaan Ma Lie Sia … hilangnya MH370 dengan 239 penumpang di dalamnya masih tidak sepadan dengan hilangnya kredibility mereka yang mungkin mengakibatkan gagalnya UMNO/BN untuk terus memerintah di negara ini ….

    Bagi pihak Kerajaan Ma Lie Sia … menyembunyikan keadaan sebenarnya MH370 adalah hal yang sangat mudah … sebab mereka selama ini juga telah terbukti sangat berhasil memperolok “Minda” rakyatnya dengaan melakukan manipulasi sejarah di buku-buku pelajaran untuk rakyat Ma Lie Sia …



  2. I think someone must have read your blog and passed on the message. The FB page now reads:

    “A tribute page set up by Dr Ghouse to get more people to know who Capt Zaharie is, for those who believed that we should not judge a person in his absence.”


    1. If it helped then that is good, but the fate of MH370 is still small consolation for Dr Ghouse, the Captain’s family and all the family and friends of pasengers and crew of MH370. My deepest condolences to them.


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