KOTA KINABALU: Sabah will leave it to the discretion of the relevant authorities to decide whether or not to declassify reports on what is known as the Double Six air crash tragedy which occurred over four decades ago.
Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew said while she understood the many calls to make public the report’s findings, she was not in a position to make the call.
She said there were leaders from the government and the opposition who supported the call to reveal the investigation details of the crash that killed then Sabah Chief Minister Tun Fuad Stephens and 10 others on board an Australian-made GAF Nomad aircraft on June 6, 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 said after a memorial ceremony to mark the tragedy at the Double Six Monument in Sembulan here yesterday. Also present were family members of the victims.
Liew, who represented Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal at the ceremony, pledged to raise the matter with him on Monday.
Fuad and state ministers Datuk Salleh Sulong, Datuk Peter Mojuntin and Chong Thien Vun died in the ill-fated flight.
They were on a flight from Labuan when the aircraft crashed at Sembulan while approaching the Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
Among others who died were state assistant minister Darius Binion, Sabah Finance Ministry permanent secretary Datuk Wahid Peter Andau, Isak Atan (private secretary to Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah who was the Finance Minister then), Kpl Said Mohammad (bodyguard to Fuad), pilot Capt Gandhi Nathan and Fuad’s eldest son Johari Stephens.