PETALING JAYA: The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) has launched an immediate investigation over the incident on Friday (July 23) that saw 36 packs of nasi ganja being flown from Ipoh, Perak to Kuala Lumpur via a helicopter.
CAAM CEO Chester Voo said that the initial investigation found that the helicopter had departed at 9.08am from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang for Ipoh, Perak and had returned to Subang at 11.02am.
"CAAM has initiated immediate investigations to determine whether the helicopter has breached any regulation as stated in the Malaysian Civil Aviation Regulation 2016 (MCAR 2016) and the Civil Aviation Directives (CADs).
Voo added in a statement on Saturday (July 24) that CAAM will also verify to ensure that the operator and the operating crew had operated within the scope of approval.
He said that operators must comply with the CAD 2 (Rules of the Air), Chapter 3.1. Protection of Persons and Property and other relevant chapters.
"CAMM will continue to ensure all operating aircrafts are in accordance with established safety standards and regulations for the safety of the industry and the public," he added.
The helicopter had landed at Padang Ipoh on Friday morning to pick up 36 packs of nasi ganja ordered by a customer from KL.
An unnamed spokesperson of the restaurant said it had received orders for 36 packets of rice with chicken, meat and salted eggs and was told the order would be collected using a helicopter.
Each packet cost RM10.
Better known as nasi kandar, nasi ganja got its name for its apparent addictiveness. This Malaysian rice delight is whipped up by the Indian Muslims in the northern part of peninsular Malaysia.