PENANG: The Transport Ministry has clarified that the director-general who was alleged to have misused a government-owned aircraft had actually rented it for official duties.
Its minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said the senior government officer was Tan Sri Zaini Omar, then the director-general of Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) between October 1994 and January 1999.
He said Zaini left DCA in 1999 after his appointment as the deputy director-general of the Works Department and he was now the director-general of the same department.
It was during that period that Zaini had requested for the use of DCA aircraft for official duties, he told reporters after opening the RM2mil Penang Cargo Centre at Penang International Airport yesterday.
Chan said the report by Sunday Mail over the issue was not very correct.''
He said under Schedule 12 sub para 25 of the Malaysian Civil Aviation Regulations (MCAR) 1996, rental of the department's aircraft by persons, organisations or agencies were allowed with the charges to be paid to the director-general of the department.
Chan also said when Zaini used the aircraft during the period between January 1999 to March 2000, he had actually incurred expenses amounting to RM80,000 and not more than RM180,000 as reported.
We have asked for the money to be settled to DCA, he said.
He said the bill would be settled on an inter-department basis which would take months.
Chan also said that the matter had already been investigated by the Anti-Corruption Agency over the past four months.