KUALA LUMPUR: Police are likely to drop investigations against Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad under the Anti-Fake News Act, the nation’s top cop said.
“Tun (Mahathir) has given his statement and we accept his explanation,” Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said.
He was speaking to reporters after breaking fast with Mahathir, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and police personnel at Bukit Aman.
Prior to the 14th general election, police had said they were investigating the Pakatan Harapan chairman following his claim that his private plane, which he had chartered to fly to Langkawi on the eve of the nomination day, was sabotaged.
Mahathir had said he had been told of a fault in the private plane and he had voiced his suspicions that it might be an attempt to prevent him from reaching Langkawi in time to file his nomination papers.
The Civil Aviation Authority Malaysia (CAAM) said the pilot had not made any report.
CAAM investigators confirmed that there was a “routine and technical fault” of an air leakage at 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.
Then transport minister Liow Tiong Lai had said: “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, that’s why they had to take another flight,” he told reporters.