The Indonesian media has taken aim at Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia for its report accusing the republic of being in cahoots with the US to hide the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
Indonesian online news portal Merdeka.com quoted the senior officer for foreign affairs at Indonesia’s Defence Ministry, Sumardi Brotodiningrat, as saying the allegation was “funny”.
Sumardi said Indonesia was already doing what it could to assist Malaysia to find the missing aircraft, with which radar communication was lost over the Gulf of Thailand at 1.30am on March 8.
“Aren’t we one of the 25 countries that have been helping them out up until now?” he is quoted by Merdeka.com as asking.
Sumardi stressed that the republic has no knowledge about the plane’s whereabouts and that the allegation by the Malaysian newspaper had to be explained.
The Merdeka.com headline, “Funny, Indonesia blamed for working with US to hide MH370″ was subsequently picked up by Yahoo Indonesia.
Utusan last Sunday quoted Cabal Times as claiming that Flight MH370 was hidden by the US at its base in Diego Garcia.
The report added that if this were true, Indonesian radar would have picked up the plane.
“But the question is, Indonesia is believed to be part of the ‘secret globalisation’ movement or Western alliance with certain agenda and would certainly remain silent about whatever they detected on their radar,” Utusan quoted Cabal Times as saying.
Cabal Times is a conspiracy portal, with the Eye of Providence that sits on a pyramid as its logo, which is often associated with Freemasonry and is similarly found on the US one dollar bill.
More bizzarely, a brown cow is superimposed on the symbol to complete the logo.
This, however, did not raise a red flag with the Umno-owned newspaper for citing the story.