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March 13th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Are cultural challenges impeding search for missing Malaysia plane?

(CNN) – Adding to the complexities in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are the layers upon layers of confusing and conflicting information being doled out by Malaysian investigators.

One U.S. official tells CNN the Malaysians have been sharing conclusions, but not always the raw data behind it.

Some critics say the ensuing chaos after the disappearance of flight 370 highlight a lack of competence and government accountability that the people of Malaysia have come to expect.

Is the background of Malaysia's political system may be impacting the investigation into this missing flight?

Senior adviser for Southeast Asia studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Ernest Bower joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

Editor's note: On the disagreement at the beginning of the segment on freedoms of the press and religion in Malaysia: The experts disagreeing with our guest to whom Jake referred are from the 2014 World Press Freedom Index, Freedom House, Amnesty International, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, and the U.S. State Department.

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