Dr M fishing for sympathy votes, says deputy minister

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KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said the government stood by Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia’s (CAAM) findings that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s plane was not sabotaged.

He said CAAM’s track record was solid as it had been involved investigations into high-profile cases, such as the helicopter crash involving former Rompin member of parliament Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarijis.

Aziz said he was disappointed with the former prime minister, whom he believed made such a claim to gain sympathy votes.

He said CAAM was free to lodge police reports or take legal action if it felt that it was defamed by the allegation.

Dr Mahathir has repeatedly claimed that his plane, which was supposed to fly him from Subang to Langkawi, was sabotaged to stop him from filing his nomination papers.

He rejected CAAM’s findings that there was no evidence that the aircraft was sabotaged.

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