KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman has contacted the Philippine police over a report that an aircraft wreckage with a Malaysian flag inside was found in the jungles of a remote island in the republic.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) said police were seeking the assistance of Manila to validate a report which was lodged by a 46-year-old man on behalf of his relative, who allegedly found the wreckage while hunting for birds at Sugbay Island in Tawi Tawi.
“There is no photograph to support the claim so we are relying on our counterparts to check,” he said.
On Saturday, the audio visual technician told Sandakan police that a visiting relative from Sugbay Island stumbled upon an aircraft wreckage while hunting for birds in early September.
The man claimed that his relative saw human remains in the aircraft including in the pilots’ seats.
He also claimed that his relatives had found a Malaysian flag in the wreckage and believed it was the aircraft that had been reported missing and belonged to this country.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said they were investigating the man’s claims.
A senior Philippine National Police official at the regional headquarters for the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said there was no report of an aircraft crashing into any island there.
Magindanao-based Regional Chief Directorial Staff Senior Supt Rodoleo Jocson, whose jurisdiction included the southernmost Tawi Tawi province, said he was puzzled by such claims.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said he had asked the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to investigate the report.
Asked if the DCA will send an investigation team to the Philippines, Liow said that will be up to the department.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared in March last year en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board, most of them China nationals.
The incident triggered one of the largest searches for an aircraft focusing in the southern Indian Ocean.
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