Jet belonged to a local businessman – Anwar tweeted, “Peniaga KL.” (KL Businessman)
Anwar tweeted, “Peniaga KL.” (KL Businessman).
The Opposition leader was responding to a question posted to him via Twitter, on the identity of the friend whom he claimed to have borrowed the private jet from.
Another question was posed to Anwar, also via Twitter – wouldn’t he be indebted to the businessman if he (Anwar) becomes the Prime Minister? –
In a news report Anwar claimed that his friend did not expect anything in return for the use of the aircraft.
Anwar was also reported as saying that the ‘friend’ have requested for his identity not to be made known if asked.
The leader explained that the ‘friend’ had permitted him to use the aircraft due to “logistical issues” stemming from travels to Sabah and Sarawak.
Photographs of Anwar and several other Pakatan leaders, including, PKR vice president Tian Chua, PKR wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin, DAP deputy chairman Dr. Tan Seng Giaw and Pas treasurer Mohd Hatta Ramli.
The photographs became a hot topic during the weekend when it was highlighted in several blogs, many questioning the source of Anwar and his leaders’ luxurious ride.
The opposition leaders were reportedly flying to Sabah and Sarawak on Sept 16 as part of their campaign route.
Earlier today news reports and blogs revealed that the private jet is operated by Bresnan International Aviation of White Plains, New York.
Blogger Stop The Lies wrote: The aircraft owner is registered under Wells Fargo Bank Northwest, Salt Lake City. Either this Dassault Falcon 900 with the registration N990BB belongs to an American friend of Anwar Ibrahim or some rich fat cat is paying for the rental.
This too has been picked up by several other blogs and mainstream media.
Kota Belud MP Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said it was ironic that the Opposition, who accused Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the Government of being wasteful, actually used a private jet for campaigning.
“Even if the service was paid for or arranged by a certain party, the rakyat has the right to know who did it and whether it was a local or foreign sponsor,” he said.
Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said: “Even if it was loaned, they must realise there is no free lunch in this world.”
Blogger Bonology viewed the the luxurious way of travelling for Pakatan leaders did not go well with what they have been preaching, he wrote:
“But these PR chameleons who tell the Rakyat they are financially strapped and collecting donations at ceramahs are busy flying everywhere in style.
On Monday, Tan pointed out contradicting statements between PKR vice presidents Tian Chua and Nurul Izzah pertaining the jet plane.
He tweeted: “so, @anwaribrahim & @n_izzah say Private Jet was loan(ed) to them but @tianchua say they chartered …..can @rafiziramli help them out here?”
Previously Nurul Izzah defending her father tweeted : “wht’s d issue w a jet trip loaned by a friend? Aint ours, aint public funds.”
Anwar on Saturday had earlier dismissed the private jet issue on his Twitter post by saying: “What’s the issue? A friend arranged for a private jet. I didn’t steal 500 mi ringgit