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Baptism by fire

Nothing could have prepared Hishammuddin Hussein, or any politician, for dealing with a mystery on the scale of MH370.

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Hishammuddin Hussein is no stranger to controversy in his home country. Ask any Malaysian about the “kris’’ or “cow’s head’’ incidents and you’re sure to hear more about his colourful political career and the struggles he has had to endure to be where he is today. 

However, nothing could have prepared Malaysia’s transport minister — or any other politician for that matter — for dealing with the harsh glare of the global spotlight since the strange disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 two weeks ago.

The world has been watching — and in some cases harshly judging — every word he says, his body language and behaviour at the multiple news conferences held since MH370 disappeared while en route to Beijing on March 8.

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