JOHOR BAHRU: Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai has told Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad to provide evidence to the authorities to back his allegation that the private jet he was to travel on was “sabotaged” last Friday.
“He should come to us with the evidence to prove there was sabotage instead of voicing his views through media statements,” Liow said after meeting the people of Tebrau with MCA vice-president Hou Kok Chung, who is standing in the constituency.
He said no reports had been lodged with the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) and the police.
Last night, Bernama had quoted Liow as saying that the plane had technical issues even before it took off from Singapore “because the tyre pressure was low even in Singapore”.
“They brought the plane to Subang and tried to inflate the tyre … unfortunately, they couldn’t, and they had to change the tyre.
“But that day, they could not change the tyre on time, that was why the flight could not take off. It is just a technical issue, where they could not change the wheel on time, that’s why they had to take another flight,” he told reporters.
Mahathir had refused to accept CAAM’s explanation that it was only an air leakage at the aircraft’s nose wheel.
The Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman had also questioned CAAM’s explanation, saying it was not based on any investigation but merely made to refute his claim of sabotage.
“I am not accusing CAAM of doing anything wrong. I know CAAM does not have very tight security all over the country to ensure its planes are not tampered with,” he had said.
Last week, Mahathir claimed that there was an attempt to sabotage his flight to Langkawi, on the eve of nomination day on April 28.
Meanwhile, Liow also said there was nothing wrong with putting up election banners showing him shaking hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
He said he was merely promoting his work on the “One Belt One Road” initiative.
“I did not defame anyone, unlike DAP,” he said, referring to DAP’s banner in Yong Peng that featured Rosmah Mansor.
DAP’s Ayer Hitam candidate Liew Chin Tong had questioned why the Election Commission (EC) would not allow PH to use the banner with Rosmah’s image but allowed Liow’s banners to be put up.
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