Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. (BERNAMA)

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has always grabbed headlines for many reasons.

His recent claim that his chartered plane was sabotaged to delay his arrival in Langkawi and jeopardise his plans to file nomination papers for the Langkawi parliamentary seat was shocking.

I will not go into the details of the alleged sabotage, but I’m curious why Dr Mahathir could not take a commercial plane or a ferry to reach Langkawi, like us ordinary people. Langkawi is not a remote, private island in the Pacific, reachable only by private or chartered plane.

There are several commercial flights plying there and other modes of transport.

His penchant for travelling via private jet remains unchanged. Creating a fuss about the alleged sabotage of his rented jet could just be a desperate ploy to seek attention and cheap publicity, and create sympathy.

One also wonders whether this is an attempt to conceal the shortcomings of the opposition pact in arranging his schedules during this election season, or he may be doing things on his own.


Kuala Lumpur

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