Crucial Facts To Know About The Kajang Crash That Killed MP Jamaluddin Jarjis And 5 Others
1. A helicopter, believed to be owned by a private company, crashed and caught fire at about 4.55pm on Saturday, 4 April. It was carrying six people onboard, all perished in the crash in Semenyih, Kajang.
Deeply sadden by the news one helicopter from Kuantan to Sg Besi reported crashed near Kajang at about 4.55pm today. Person on board 6.— Liow Tiong Lai (@liowtionglai) April 4, 2015
2. According to The Star, the privately-owned chopper was en route from Kuantan to Subang when it crashed. A distress call was received by the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department at about 5pm and over 20 firemen were deployed to assist in the search.
3. A security guard named Roslan Harun who witnessed the crash said that the incident took place during heavy rain. He claimed that the helicopter had exploded mid-air, not so high from the ground. "Then, the debris, tail and blades were thrown all over the place."
4. Among the six killed in the crash was Rompin MP Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis. Two other VIPs were businessman Robert Tan and Private Secretary in PM's Office Datuk Seri Azlin Alias.
5. The founder of IGP Corp, Robert Tan, who shares the same name as one of the victims was mistaken to have been onboard
IGB Corp founder Datuk Seri Robert Tan was not among the six people killed in a deadly helicopter crash in Semenyih yesterday, the firm confirmed today. Tan was earlier reported to be on the flight due to confusion stemming from his shared name with Kedah businessman Datuk Robert Tan who was among the six people killed in the incident.themalaymailonline.com
Coincidentally, IGP Corp owns the Eurocopter AS365 N2 Dauphin helicopter that crashed.
6. The three others onboard the helicopter were Captain Cliff Fournier, owner of Chempaka Aviation, a person known as Ajdiana Baiziera and 32-year-old bodyguard Mohd Raskan Seran.
7. After the incident, Prime Minister Najib and Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi held a press conference at the crash site.
8. The victims were said to be returning from the wedding reception of PM Najib's daughter in Taman Tasik Sultan Abu Bakar, in Pahang.
9. Jamaluddin Jarjis, chairman of PR1MA, the 1Malaysia People's Housing Corporation, was travelling to another wedding function when his copter crashed. He was due to arrive in Subang and later attend the wedding reception of Nur Atiqah Abdul Mutalib, the daughter of PR1MA chief executive officer Abdul Mutalib Alias.
The news of the tragedy created a sombre atmosphere at Nur Atiqah's wedding reception at the Sime Darby Convention Centre on Saturday night.
However, a member of the organising staff said the reception had to go on. "It's a bit down, yes. But we can still continue," said the staff who declined to be named.
10. Jamaluddin, the former Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, began his stint as Rompin MP in 1990 and had served as the Malaysian Ambassador to the United States from July 2009 to February 2012. During the Mahathir administration, Jamaluddin served as second finance minister before briefly heading the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs.
Friends and family members of the Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis came to pay their respects at his house here this evening. When The Star reached his family home's compound, they were greeted by a woman who identified herself only as Jamaluddin's eldest daughter.
Some family members were seen speaking to police officers about arranging a possible escort of Jamaluddin's immediate family to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital. A man, who identified himself as Bakar Rahman, a cousin of Jamaluddin, told reporters that the family did not wish to make any comments at this time. He also asked reporters to respect the family's privacy.