Fashion designer Datuk Jovian Mandagie has denied claims that he had used a government-owned helicopter for personal use to rescue himself from the recent floods which recently crippled large parts of the Klang Valley.
Jovian, who is the son-in-law of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, said he was not the sort to use what was not his, and labelled the accusations as lies.
Netizens had voiced their outrage on social media, claiming that Ismail sent a helicopter to Jovian’s office while others around the country were trapped in their homes by the rising floodwaters.
In response, Jovian explained that this was not the case and that he had hired a private helicopter.
Taking to Instagram, he said those who know him personally would be aware of his character.
“On this helicopter issue, there’s no need to prolong it. I wasn’t showing off. If I was showing off, I would have been posing and making a video and taking lots of pictures.
“Those who know me know I’m not that type. I didn’t use government assets. It’s not possible that I would use something that wasn’t meant for me.
“If you guys want to insult me, go ahead but those are lies,” he wrote.
The accusations were made after Jovian posted a series of Instagram stories and pictures on Saturday and Sunday.
The first showed him complaining about being stuck at his office and missing his family, with another appearing to be a picture taken from an aircraft above a flooded village. He later posted that he had been reunited with his daughter at home.
Jovian also addressed criticism online that he didn’t use the helicopter to help other people.
“Why wasn’t the helicopter used to help other people? The answer is that it was a commercial helicopter and as such, cannot open its doors to lower aid or airlift victims,” he said.
Jovian added that those who were unhappy with him are free to unfollow him on social media.
“If you don’t like me, don’t follow me. It’s better to help the country than to continue accusing me of untruths.
“There are many more things out there which need to be done to help the people. Yes, there are people suffering. If you want to go to the ground to help distribute food, let me know,” he said.