Investigating Dr M an act of desperation, says Azmin

Azmin Ali said even if Dr Mahathir is charged, it will only strengthen PH’s determination to continue the struggle and defeat Umno and BN in GE14.

SHAH ALAM: PKR deputy president Azmin Ali has criticised the move to investigate Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad under the fake news law.

When approached by reporters at a ceramah in Subang Bestari here, Azmin said it showed the government was desperate.

“This will strengthen our determination to continue the struggle and defeat Umno and BN,” he said. “I’m not worried at all.”

Earlier today, Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Mazlan Lazim was reported as saying that investigations are being carried out under the Anti-Fake News Act into the former prime minister’s claims of sabotage of a private plane which he had chartered to fly to Langkawi last Friday for nomination day the next day.

He told the media today that the Mahathir case was one of eight police reports that had been made relating to the general election on May 9.

Last Friday, Mahathir had said that he had been told of a fault in the private plane he was to board and voiced his suspicions that it might be an attempt to prevent him from reaching Langkawi in time to file his papers as a candidate for the May 9 election.

However, the Civil Aviation Authority Malaysia (CAAM) said the pilot had not made any report and CAAM investigators confirmed that there was a “routine and technical fault” of an air leakage in the nose wheel of the aircraft chartered from business jet operator Vista Jet.

The company also issued a statement confirming the CAAM findings and denying there had been any sabotage.

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