Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad claims that the plane he had boarded for a flight to Langkawi was sabotaged.
Sinar Harian reported the Pakatan Harapan chairman as saying that just before takeoff, the pilot announced that the plane had been damaged and immediate repairs could not be made.
Mahathir said he and his wife Siti Hasmah were supposed to travel to Langkawi from Petaling Jaya’s Subang Airport but were informed the aircraft had problems with its tyres.
“I should have arrived in Langkawi before Friday prayers but the plane was damaged. Luckily, the pilot was able to detect the damage – if not I would have died in a crash,” he was quoted as saying.
Mahathir said that he asked some friends to lend him a plane to get to Langkawi but claimed that they were “prevented from doing so by certain individuals”.
“Fortunately, one of my friends was willing to and I was able to make it in time for this event and for Nomination Day tomorrow (April 28),” he said in his speech during the Pakatan Harapan Women’s Hi-Tea Programme together with the Chinese and Indian community at the De Baron Resort in Langkawi.
The former premier said he did not rule out the possibility of sabotage.
“I think this was planned by someone. It has never happened in the whole time I have taken a private jet.
“I’ve done this more than a thousand times and this is the first time something like this happened,” he said.