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Assemblyman to resign if allegations on purchase of choppers proven wrong December 16, 2011

Posted by wong jimmy in Abuse.



KOTA KINABALU: Sri Tanjung assemblyman, Jimmy Wong said that he will resign as an elected representative if the state government can prove that his allegations on the purchase of the Sabah Air helicopters were wrong.

“But if I am right, then the State Cabinet should resign,” the Sabah DAP liaison chief told reporters here yesterday.

Wong maintained that he stood by his statement describing the two helicopters purchased by the State government as scrap metal that had never been used.

Speaking at a press conference here, Wong claimed that Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned company of the State Government, purchased two new units of helicopters to provide for the Health Department’s flying doctor and medivac services contract.

“One unit of Eurocopter AS 355 NP was purchased at a price of RM13 million and one unit of Eurocopter EC 145 at a price of RM21 million from Eurocopter Malaysia Sdn Bhd,” Wong alleged when countering criticism to his allegations by the former chairman of Sabah Air, Datuk Pang Nyuk Ming.

Wong also said that the purchase of  the two helicopters was a waste of the people’s money as Sabah Air’s current fleet of eight Bell 206 helicopters are not fully utilised.

The money used to purchase the helicopters should have been put to better use such as building roads, improving water and electricity supplies as well as constructing infrastructure for the people in the state, he opined.

He also claimed that since the delivery, both helicopters have not generated any revenue flying hours for Sabah Air. Wong disclosed that the AS 355 NP was delivered to Sabah Air in Dec 2010 and the EC 145 was delivered in Jan 2011.

“In Oct 2011, the EC 145 was leased to Eurocopter for demonstration flights and static display in West Malaysia for RM 1.00 only. The one ringgit lease agreement between Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd and Eurocopter Malaysia Sdn Bhd was signed by the CEO and the director of operation on Sept 30,” he alleged.

“As Sabahans have yet to see any of these helicopters, I challenge the State government to give the rakyat a good Christmas present by putting the two machines on display. The government should also consider operating charity flights on the helicopters for children on that day.”




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