Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared from the skies, on 8 March. No wreckage has been found. The 329 passengers and crew are still missing.
Six weeks later, on 16 April, a South Korea ferry, Sewol, sank. Most of the 300 people who are dead and missing, were teenage students on a school outing.
In both cases, the rescue operations by the respective governments have been badly managed with news reports citing poor information gathering, a slow response by the rescue teams and conflicting information.
On 27 April, the South Korean Prime minister Chung Hong-won took responsibility for his governmentâ€™s poor handling of the Sewol ferry recovery operations and resigned. He said, â€œ… I saw grieving families suffering with the pain of losing their loved ones and the sadness and resentment of the public…â€ and â€œThere have been so many varieties of irregularities that have continued in every corner of our society and practices that have gone wrong. I hope these deep-rooted evils get corrected this time and this kind of accident never happens again.â€
Back in Malaysia, acting Hishammuddin Hussein brushed aside all criticism about his government’s handling of the search and rescue (SAR) work and said â€œwe have done an admirable jobâ€.