Cat-astrophe: Malaysia Airlines accused of misplacing feline pet

Malaysia Airlines said in a statement the incident was under investigation. (AFP)
Updated 27 June 2018

Cat-astrophe: Malaysia Airlines accused of misplacing feline pet

KUALA LUMPUR: A distraught passenger has accused Malaysia Airlines of losing his cat which was supposed to be transported with him on a domestic flight, the latest incident to hit the beleaguered carrier.
Kiran Kumar Nesarajah said in a Facebook post that ground crew at an airport in Labuan in eastern Malaysia had let the pet escape on the runway before his flight took off.
The animal was traveling in a pet carrier which had been locked. But the passenger claimed that someone opened the carrier after the cat had been checked in and did not know how to close it properly, allowing the creature to get out.
“Now we have a lost frightened cat hiding in a drainpipe on the runway,” he wrote in the post earlier this week.
He said staff only searched for the cat for 10 minutes before giving up — and then the flight took off for Kuala Lumpur.
After landing in the capital, “flight crew and ground staff don’t know anything,” he said.
“Not a single call. No one to explain what happened.”
The airline said in a statement the incident was under investigation. “Malaysia Airlines gives serious care and attention to all its cargo and is looking into the matter,” it said.
The airline was plunged into crisis in 2014 by the disappearance of flight MH370 and the downing of MH17 over war-torn Ukraine. The twin disasters pushed the perennially loss-making firm to the brink of bankruptcy as bookings dried up.


Sumatran tiger kills farmer in Indonesia

Updated 52 min 34 sec ago

Sumatran tiger kills farmer in Indonesia

  • Tigers mauled to death another coffee farmer and seriously injured two Indonesian tourists in separate incidents in the province last month
  • Human-animal conflicts are common in the vast Southeast Asian archipelago, especially in areas where the clearing of rainforest is destroying animal habitats

PALEMBANG, Indonesia: A Sumatran tiger has killed an Indonesian farmer, police said Friday, in the third fatal attack by the critically endangered species in less than a month.
The 55-year-old was set upon by the big cat at a coffee plantation in South Sumatra province on Thursday.
Authorities said the dead man’s companion screamed in vain to warn him about the approaching predator.
“All of sudden, the tiger pounced on the victim,” local police chief Ferry Harahap told AFP on Friday.
The deadly attack comes just a week after a tiger killed another farmer in nearby Pagaralam.
Tigers mauled to death another coffee farmer and seriously injured two Indonesian tourists in separate incidents in the province last month.
Local conservation agency official Martialis Puspito blamed human encroachment on the endangered animal’s habitat for the spate of attacks, adding that residents were being warned to steer clear of the wilderness.
“We cannot drive out the tigers because the jungles are their habitat so it’s people who have to stay out of there,” he said.
Human-animal conflicts are common in the vast Southeast Asian archipelago, especially in areas where the clearing of rainforest to make way for palm oil plantations is destroying animal habitats.
Sumatran tigers are considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with fewer than 400 believed to remain in the wild.