KUALA LUMPUR — April 27, 2018: The Department of Civil Aviation has been ordered to immediately investigate the claim by opposition politician Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad that the private jet that was to take him to Langkawi earlier today may have been sabotaged.
“This is a serious claim, we take it seriously. At the same time we hope this is also not a political stunt. This is not a matter to be used for political exploitation,” said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong La in a statement.
The captain and owner of the jet will be asked to give their statements.
“This is a serious matter regarding aviation safety and we do not want anyone to have any doubts on our standards and compliance,” said Liow, who added that the pilot had not made any report, reported Bernama.
According to media reports, Mahathir claimed that the the pilot cancelled the flight just before takeoff after detecting some damage and said that immediate repairs could not be made.
Mahathir was going to Langkawi for the 14th general election nominations tomorrow where he will be contesting the Langkawi parliamentary seat.
He left later by another private flight while also alleging that friends he wanted to borrow an aircraft from claimed to have been blocked by a certain individual, reported the Sinar Harian daily.