KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 — Ikwan Hafiz Jamaluddin, son of the late Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis, has denied he was among the 10 victims on board the ill-fated Beechcraft Model 390 (Premier 1) aircraft which crashed on the Guthrie Highway near Bandar Elmina in Shah Alam, Selangor, this afternoon.
The 36-year-old, in a brief statement to Bernama, said the report published in the mainstream media claiming he was among those listed on board the light aircraft is untrue and false.
“I regret the action carried out by a few irresponsible media practitioners who published news recklessly, without checking, thus causing speculation which distressed my family.
“In that regard, I request that the general public stop spreading this fake news. At the same time, on behalf of my family, I would like to express my condolences to the families of the victims involved,” he said.
Earlier, police confirmed that Pahang Local Government, Housing, Environment and Green Technology Committee chairman cum Pelangai state assemblyman Datuk Seri Johari Harun was among the 10 people killed in the crash.
Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) chief executive officer Datuk Captain Norazman Mahmud said in a statement that the Subang Air Traffic Control Tower had seen smoke rising from the crash site at 2.51pm.
The aircraft departed from Langkawi International Airport at 2.08pm, heading to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang with six passengers and two crew members.