An influential figure in Malaysia’s ruling party has claimed crucial information about missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is being concealed by the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the former Malaysian prime minister, said the current search off the coast of western Australia is a waste of time and money.
“The plane is somewhere, maybe without MAS [Malaysia Airlines] markings,” he said. “It is a waste of time and money to look for debris or oil slick or to listen for pings from the black box.”
Dr Mahathir added that the plane’s disappearance on 8 March was “most likely not an ordinary crash after fuel was exhausted”.
Dr Mahathir, now aged 88, was prime minister for 22 years from 1981.
As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, he wrote in his personal blog that it was unlikely that the “pilots made a soft landing in rough seas and then quietly went down with the aircraft.”
“Someone is hiding something. It is not fair that MAS and Malaysia should take the blame,” he added.