Your article tells of the search being extended, but Malaysia didn't call off the search in the SCS until the 16th. Other countries figured it out on their own - Vietnam just quit the search after getting no answers from Malaysia and India kept searching in the SCS until the 16th when they were finally notified by Malaysia that the plane wasn't there.
This is my note on the topic: March 16: India suspends its search as it waits for Malaysia to say whether it should be searching at all. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/20 ... w-ups.html
My statement that "They allowed the search in the South China Sea to continue for eight days when they knew on the first night that MH-370 had flown across the peninsula and turned north"
is completely accurate.
Not really. Like I said, they immediately extended the search, but didn't fully commit to a search up the Straits because of false positives AND the fact that they weren't able to confirm that the radar plot WAS from MH370 until a few days later. Remember, they're dealing with primary radar data.
You're just making it up. There was only one airplane in the sky that night and it was 9MMRO. The radar at Pulau Penang tracked the flight from IGARI out to 10 miles past MEKAR. Shortly before dawn, at 7:24 am, Malaysia released a statement saying that contact was lost at 2:40 and SAR efforts are underway, a bit later it was corrected to 2:15. At that time, the plane was at MEKAR +10. They had read the radar tapes before they released that statement, that's where that information came from. They later backtracked and denied that version, until later when they accepted it again. Sometime around dawn, Pulau Penang was visited by a VIP which is assumed to have been Hishammuddin himself.
So "they" didn't search in the Strait, it was the British and the Americans who were doing that. Why would Malaysia search in the Strait, their radar had tracked it flying northwest out of the Strait?
Six days later, on the 14th, the NYT and Reuters both carried stories stating that the plane was last seen "at 2:15 a.m., 200 miles northwest of Penang Island".
NYT: "Military radar last recorded the aircraft flying at an altitude of 29,500 feet, about 200 miles northwest of Penang and headed toward India’s Andaman Islands." http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/15/world ... ml?hp&_r=1
Reuters: "Malaysia's air force chief said on Wednesday an aircraft that could have been the missing plane was plotted on military radar at 2:15 a.m., 200 miles northwest of Penang Island off Malaysia's west coast." http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/ ... DG20140314
Later on the14th:
Malaysian defense minister and acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein told journalists the report was "inaccurate". "I would like to refer to news reports suggesting that the aircraft may have continued flying for some time after the last contact," "As Malaysia Airlines will confirm shortly, those reports are inaccurate." http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_ ... 40314.html
If you've followed the story you would know all this, as it is in the original MH-370 thread. If you haven't actually spent any time or effort on this subject, the result is the same; you're just making it up.