KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 2017 : Scores of netizen have defended the AirAsia pilot of flight D7237 after he was criticised by former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim for reportedly requested passengers to pray after the plane suffered an engine problem.
The AirAsia plane was on Sunday forced to abort its flight to Kuala Lumpur and return to Perth, Australia 90 minutes into the journey, after it vibrated “like a washing machine”, according to passengers.
In Twitter remarks on the mishap that struck the AirAsia Airbus A330 yesterday, the former law minister who is now a DAP activist said the airline should not condone such actions by the pilot.
“AirAsia pilot urged passengers to pray on distress Perth flight. Good lord, I much prefer pilot don’t tell me death is imminent.
“Pilot has to give hope, and leave the rest to God and the passengers. If AirAsia are big into prayers; engage proper Iman and priest,” he wrote.
Former special assistant to Malaysia Airlines chairman Samad Rahim in a Facebook posting identified the pilot as Captain Ibrahim Jalaluddin whom he personally knew to have previously piloted planes at the national carrier for 41 years.
“I believe it is this experience and training that gave him the edge to manouvere safely the A330 Airbus flight D7237 from Perth to Kuala Lumpur on 25/6/17,” he wrote.
UiTM Perak lecturer Abdul Hamid Mohamed, also in a Facebook posting wrote it would be the right thing for everyone to pray before the start and end of any journey.
“You pray even more when the emergency signals were given and cabin crews asking you to stay calm.
“And when the Captain asks passengers to say their prayers, how would you react? Of course you say your prayers.
“Be angry with the pilot? Hell No!”
Abdul Halim added that he was confident that the passengers of the plane were thankful to God and the actions of the pilot and crew members during the emergency.
“And everyone will give the pilot and his co-pilot a big round of applause, and if possible you will give a big hug to the crew members,” he wrote.
The AirAsia plane had landed safely, although some passengers were reportedly traumatised by the experience.
Prominent Facebooker Azmi Arshad was sarcastic in expressing his disappointment towards Zaid for criticising the AirAsia pilot.
He posted an image which read, “Semoga Zaid Ibrahim diberi petunjuk dan hidayah. Amin (May Zaid Ibrahim be shown the right ways and faith in Allah. Ameen)” and accompanied the message with the hashtag #prayforzaidibrahim.
Zaid was also criticised over the matter on his own Twitter thread by not only Muslims, but also non-Muslims.
“There nothing wrong asking divine blessing when you in dangerous situation. This ex minister is really stupid,” wrote Facebooker Jey Ramachandran.
” In every religion, there are some form of prayers or mantras that will work wonders if you believe in them. Zaid is a moron!” wrote Kamal Raja.
“Zaid made a very silly comment. Whether in time of well, difficulty, hardship or helplessness, praying to God is the most effective way to calm one’s emotions. The request by the pilot is well-intended, politicians should avoid comments of any kind,” wrote Lim Choo Wei.