Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. - EPA
KLUANG: Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has refuted a report which claimed that Fariq Abdul Hamid, the co-pilot of the MH370 aircraft, had made a telephone call when it was flying low near Penang.
He said by right, he should have been aware of it (the phone call) earlier, if the claim was true.
"I cannot comment because if it is true, we would have known about it much earlier," Hishammuddin, who is also Defence Minister, said after performing prayers at the Taman Sri Lambak Mosque here Saturday.
He said he had adopted the approach not to confirm anything without any corroboration or verification since the beginning when flight MH370 was reported missing.
He said it was irresponsible for any quarters to take the opportunity to make a baseless report.
He hoped the public understood what he was going through because such baseless information not only affected operations but also the families of the passengers and the crew of the aircraft.
Flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, left the KL International Airport at 12.41am on March 8 and disappeared from radar screens about an hour later while over the South China Sea. It was to have landed in Beijing at 6.30am on the same day. - Bernama