Friday September 28, 2012
‘Nothing wrong with using private jet’
Reports by MAZWIN NIK ANIS, MARTIN CARVALHO, SHAUN HO and RAHIMY RAHIM
PKR vice-president Tian Chua continued to defend the use of a chartered jet to fly Pakatan Rakyat leaders on a recent campaign trail to Sabah and Sarawak.
The use of the private jet by Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and other Pakatan leaders was all above board, and all details on its use were documented by the Transport Ministry, he said.
Tian Chua challenged the ministry to make public the details.
He said this when asked to clarify his statement, which seemed to contradict that of Anwar’s on the use of the jet, at Parliament lobby yesterday.
Anwar had said on Monday that the jet that was used to fly to Sabah on Sept 15 was sponsored by a friend, but Tian Chua said that the jet was chartered.
“Go and check with the Transport Ministry. Everything is there. There is no issue,” said Tian Chua.
Admitting that he did not know who actually paid for the jet’s rental, Tian Chua, however, insisted that Pakatan had nothing to hide.
“The nature of the plane was that it is chartered,” he said. “I don’t know who arranged it and don’t know who paid for it. Anwar just said that a friend paid for it and there is nothing wrong with that.”
Tian Chua, who is also Batu MP, clarified there was no inconsistency with regards to his tweets and Anwar’s explanation.
Anwar confirmed that the plane was rented via help of a “friend” who agreed to foot the bill, he added.
However, PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali ticked Tian Chua off on Tuesday over his statements.
“He needs to check his facts before making statements,” said Azmin.
It was reported on several blogs that the jet was chartered at a cost of RM96,000 for Anwar’s two-day trip to Labuan and Sabah.
The luxury private jet belonged to Tjets Sdn Bhd, and was rented by a Sarawakian.