Minister slams Mahathir for jet conspiracy theories

Hamzah Zainudin reminds Mahathir Mohamad that even commercial flights are delayed, because of safety reasons.

TAIPING: A cabinet minister Hamzah Zainudin has criticised Pakatan Harapan leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad for creating conspiracy theories over his delayed flight to Langkawi on Friday.

Mahathir said that he had to borrow a friend’s private jet and arrived in Langkawi three hours late because of problems with the aircraft that was to have brought him.

At a ceramah last night, he maintained that the problems might have led to a crash and maintained that there were those who sought to delay his arrival and prevent him from being a candidate in the general election.

He said it was possible that someone had tampered with the plane but he had no proof.

At a press conference here today, Hamzah lamented that opposition politicians would blame the Barisan Nasional-led government for “everything”.

“It’s a technical issue. This has been explained to him,” said Hamzah who is domestic trade, cooperatives and consumerism minister.

“It’s not just private jets. It even happens on commercial flights for safety reasons,” he said adding such delays were due to the authorities’ concerns for people’s lives.

“So don’t speculate or come up with conspiracy theories.”

Yesterday, the Civil Aviation Authority dismissed the complaint of attempted sabotage and that there was only an air leakage at the aircraft’s nose wheel, a routine technical fault. Police have also been ordered to conduct a criminal investigation.

Hamzah urged Langkawi voters not to forget the efforts of the present administration. He said it was all right for people to thank Mahathir for “building this house”.

“But don’t forget about the person who helped make the house bigger, beautified it and improved our image,” he said. The people should support those who were more suited with the times and who understood the present circumstances.

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