The UMNO-BN Government is trying to go for the jugular in the Anwar-on-private-jet plane trips but now leaves itself open to counter-charges: YOUR ministers also went on private jet trips, too!
It reminds me of the saying, “People in glass houses…”
1 Who made it possible for Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharoman, an Umno vice-president, to use the flight on Sept 23 last year?
2 On Nov 12, 2012 Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi himself admitted to using the private jet which was sponsored by his ‘friend’ to fly to Saudi Arabia.
A group of youth NGOs has alleged that two prominent Umno ministers flew on the same kind of private jet used by PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim and several party leaders last week.
Representing nine NGOs, Ahmad Azrizal Tahir claimed that records by T Jets Sdn Bhd show that the two ministers were on the planes last year, and challenged BN-linked media to expose the details.
He urged the mainstream media to reveal the sponsor or sponsors who made it possible for to use the flight on Sept 23 last year.
“On Nov 15 last year, Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi himself admitted to using the private jet which was sponsored by his ‘friend’ to fly to Saudi Arabia,” said Ahmad Azrizal, who is assistant to Batu Maung assemblyperson Abdul Malik Abul Kassim.
“Why is it such details do not make it to the regime’s (BN) media if they are really interested in transparency?” asked the state PKR Youth deputy chief.
“Who sponsored the minister, who is also an Umno vice-president, to fly on the jet, and what are their interests?” he asked at a press conference in Komtar today.
Anwar says paid nothing for private jet trip
Assistant News Editor
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today downplayed his use of a luxury jet during a trip to east Malaysia two weeks ago, saying the private aircraft was on loan from a “friend” and he did not have to pay for it.
The opposition leader added that the jet’s owner is “not that involved” in Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) affairs and does not have any business interest in any of the four states governed by the pact.
“I asked him, actually, to be fair, because I was a bit concerned in case he has interests in Selangor, Kelantan, Penang or Kedah… but he said categorically, no, he has no problem with it and he is not tied to anyone.
“In case he has interest in Selangor (or the other PR states), it would be difficult for me to use (the jet) because it would be interpreted as abuse or something like that but apparently, he said no, so I am okay,” Anwartold a press conference in Parliament today.
The PR de facto leader however declined to reveal the identity of the jet’s owner, only saying that the aircraft is registered by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and is based in Kuala Lumpur.
“He agreed to say that if asked, just say a friend helped to arrange it (the jet ride). So if you want to ask, you can check with the DCA whose (jet) it is. That is all I can say.
“But I have known him for some time and he said he will do this for a friend because he understands the problem of logistics,” he added.
Anwar explained that he had agreed to use the jet for the trip as he had needed to travel from Labuan to Kota Kinabalu and there were no available flights in the afternoon.