20 January 2019
Mohamad Sabu’s lawyer will send a letter of demand to Umno’s Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin over his claim that the defence minister had used government assets for the Cameron Highlands by-election.
Mohamad’s press secretary Amin Shah Iskandar said the minister had already explained the claim and Khairy’s repeating the allegation was defamatory.
“At a press conference at Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Ruil in Brinchang today, the former Umno Youth chief made a defamatory statement that the defence minister used the Malaysian Armed Forces assets while campaigning for Pakatan Harapan for the Cameron Highlands by-election.
“Khairy continues to issue the defamatory statement despite the Defence Minister had already clarified the matter in a statement on Jan 15.
“The minister’s personal lawyer will send a notice of demand to Khairy soon,” he said in a statement today.
Khairy today claimed that Pakatan Harapan failed to walk the talk on not abusing government assets for political purposes.
Among the examples he gave was Mohamad’s alleged used of an Armed Forces vehicle.
The Defence Minister had on Jan 15 said a photograph of Mohamad walking away from a helicopter was an official visit to the Slim Camp in Cameron Highlands before the start of the by-election campaign.
It added that the servicemen in that camp were not local voters but from the constituency of Sungai Petani in Kedah.
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 15): Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu has dismissed an allegation that he used an Armed Forces helicopter to campaign in the Cameron Highlands by-election.
The Amanah president told former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to check his facts before making such an allegation.
He said the photograph of him standing in front of a helicopter was taken during his official visit to Kem Slim in Cameron Highlands on Jan 9, three days before nomination for the Parliamentary by-election.
Mohamad said that he drove his own car to Cameron Highlands on nomination day last Saturday.
“I am surprised that a former Prime Minister thinks like any ordinary person when he should have checked his facts. As a former Prime Minister, we should have respect for him. But if he is just like any other person, then I think it does not matter. It’s sad to see someone of that status not verifying his information,” he told Bernama after appearing on the ‘Ruang Bicara’ talk show on Bernama News Channel (BNC) tonight.
He was commenting on the posting of the photograph on Najib’s Facebook account that went viral, linking Mohamad to the use of the Armed Forces helicopter to campaign in the by-election.
Mohamad said the people he met at Kem Slim were also not Cameron Highlands voters but those from Sungai Petani, Kedah.
Meanwhile, the Defence Ministry issued a statement tonight saying that the two photographs that had gone viral on social media were of different dates and days.
“The first photograph, with the helicopter in the background, was of an official visit by the Defence Minister to Kem Slim, Cameron Highlands, on Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019. He returned to Kuala Lumpur on the same day.
“The second one shows him at the Cameron Highlands nomination day on Saturday, Jan 12, 2019. He left for Cameron Highlands on Jan 11 by road using his personal vehicle and returned to Kuala Lumpur after the nomination,” said the statement.
It added that the allegation that Mohamad had used an official government vehicle to campaign in Cameron Highlands recently was not true and urged people to verify their facts first.