Liow hopes Mahathir jet claim not a stunt, orders probe

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai hopes Mahathir Mohamad’s claim is not a political stunt.

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has ordered an investigation into Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s claim yesterday that a private jet that was to take him to Langkawi had been “tampered with”.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said: “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,” he said in a statement yesterday.

So far there had been no report made by the pilot.

Liow said the captain and the owner of the private jet would be asked to give their statements.

The Civil Aviation Department (DCA) would carry out investigations. “This is a serious matter regarding aviation safety and we do not want anyone to have any doubts on our standards and compliance,” he said.

Some media reports quoted Dr Mahathir as saying that he had boarded the plane at Subang airport but the pilot had cancelled the flight just before takeoff after detecting some damage and that immediate repairs could not be made.

Dr Mahathir, who is chairman of Pakatan Harapan, was travelling to Langkawi, to file his papers as the PH candidate for the Langkawi parliamentary election.

CLICK HERE for live updates from the nomination centres.

After flat tyre, Mahathir arrives in borrowed plane