Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s son-in-law has denied using a government-owned helicopter to escape the devastating floods over the weekend, which displaced tens of thousands of Malaysians.
Netizens had voiced their outrage on social media, claiming that Ismail sent a helicopter to son-in-law Jovian Mandagie’s office while others around the country were trapped in their homes by the rising flood waters.
In response, Jovian explained that this was not the case and that he had hired a private helicopter.
“Those who know me, you know I am nothing like that,” he said in an Instagram post last night.
“I did not use the government’s asset, there is no way I would use something that is not my right (to use).
“If you all want to insult me, go ahead. But that is slander.”
The accusations were made after Jovian posted a series of Instagram stories and pictures on Saturday and Sunday.
The first showed him complaining about being stuck at his office and missing his family, with another appearing to be a picture taken from an aircraft above a flooded village. He later posted that he had been reunited with his daughter at home.
On questions about why he had not used the helicopter to deliver aid, he said that “because it was a commercial helicopter, you cannot open the doors to drop off aid or pick up victims”.
“If you don’t like me, just unfollow me. Please do better to help the nation than just saying things that are not true about me,” he added.