Sabah govt leaves it to authorities to declassify reports on Double Six tragedy

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  • Thursday, 06 Jun 2019

Tun Fuad's widow Toh Puan Rahimah Stephens (left) and their daughter Faridah surrounded by wreaths at the memorial service on Thursday (June 6).

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government will leave it to the discretion of "relevant authorities" to decide whether or not to declassify reports on the Double Six air crash.

Sabah Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Christina Liew said while she understood the many calls by the people to make the report findings public, she was not in the position to make that decision. 

According to her, there are leaders from the government, as well as the opposition, that supported the call to publicly reveal investigation details of the crash that killed former Sabah Chief Minister Tun Fuad Stephens and 10 others on board an Australian-made GAF Nomad aircraft in 1976.

"We leave it to the relevant authorities to declassify the investigations (into the crash).

"It has been 43 years. They must have their reasons not to reveal (the details)," she told reporters after a ceremony commemorating the tragedy at the Double Six Monument in Sembulan here on Thursday (June 6).

Liew said she will bring the matter to Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal's attention next Monday (June 10).

Liew represented Mohd Shafie in leading the memorial service attended by family members of the crash victims.

Fuad and state ministers Datuk Salleh Sulong, Datuk Peter Mojuntin and Chong Thien Vun perished in the ill-fated flight on June 6, 1976.

They were on a flight from Labuan when the aircraft crashed at Sembulan while approaching the Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

Others who died in the mishap were state assistant minister Darius Binion, Sabah Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary Datuk Wahid Peter Andau, state Economic Planning Unit Dr. Syed Hussein Wafa, Isak Atan (Private Secretary to Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah), Corporal Said Mohammad (bodyguard to Fuad), pilot Captain Gandhi Nathan and Fuad’s eldest son, Johari Stephens.

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