'Link between imprisoned Malaysian politician, MH370 pilot coincidental'

| Monday, February 29, 2016 - 19:00
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Anwar Ibrahim's relationship with the captain of MH370 flight | Photo: IANS

Geneva: Nurul Izzah Anwar, daughter of imprisoned Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim, said that her father's relationship with the captain of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, was coincidental.

"The problem we have is we have no way of knowing what the government has done to investigate, to find the actual causes of the crash," Xinhua quoted her saying, days before the second anniversary of flight MH370's disappearance on March 8, 2014.

Nurul Izzah said that one of Anwar's sons-in-law, married to her sister, is a Malaysia Airlines pilot which explains why Anwar had met in passing the pilot of the plane flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

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At the time, many speculated that the plane had been hijacked by Zaharie to protest Anwar's upheld conviction to five years in prison on sodomy charges on March 7, 2014.

Much attention has been drawn to the link between Anwar, leading figure of the opposition People's Justice Party, and the captain of flight MH370 that went missing the day after Anwar's sentencing.

"I understand the anger because a lot of the families did not get adequate explanation from the event. We were pushing for more disclosure in parliament because it's disastrous," Nurul Izzah added.

Flight MH370 disappeared with 239 people, including 154 Chinese, on board on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.


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