Published on: Sunday, October 13, 2013
He said he would personally monitor the progress of the thorough investigations and assured that all the parties involved would give their full cooperation.
The investigations into the crash that resulted in two fatalities would be led by his Ministry, he said, adding this would start once the wreckage of the aircraft has been brought back to the hanger here which may take about one week.
He said it may also take up to a month to complete the full investigations, which would also look at the weather aspect. Twin Otter aircraft are not equipped with a black box unlike other aircraft.
In the case of Kudat, he said they would look at three aspects namely technical aspects, operational (human) and the environment. MASwings would look at the welfare aspects especially of the victims and others affected, he said, and was happy to note that all the parties involved were working together seriously and with a positive attitude.
"I will make sure whatever needed to be investigated will be investigated down to the bottom of it," he said.
"I also hope the lesson is learned especially by all those involved and the next course of action would be taken accordingly," he said, after visiting five victims still undergoing treatment at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) II.
Two of them Fauziah Pelimin, 32, and a Filipina, Sue Isabella Abai, are warded in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the rest were pilot Wan Mohd Abdul Amir Wan Yahaya, 58, Noorhazwin Sharom, 29, and another Filipina, Merang Maharani, 54, who are warded in the surgical and orthopaedic wards, respectively.
Hishammuddin also hoped there would be no speculations but to wait until the full probe has completed.
At the same time, he hoped that while everybody is busy trying to provide the necessary accessibility infrastructure and facilities, especially to the rural areas, it would be balanced out with the situation and environment for the safety of all and not simply by cutting corners.
"I will not tolerate such act because it will put at risk the life and limb of innocent peopleÉthis (Kudat crash) should be a lesson to all of us," he said.
Hishammuddin also said the investigations to be carried out would not be limited to just the Kudat crash but overall (whole of Sabah) like the safety aspects.
"I would like to look at it in a bigger picture. Those unfortunate people who died I hope will not have died in vain.
Similar to the (tourist bus) tragedy in Genting Highland, I did not limit only to Genting Highlands as there is sense of urgency and will look at the road safety aspects not just at Genting Highland but at the whole hotspots through the country.
This was still ongoing," he said.
"I think the same should be done here (following the Kudat crash) where "we will also have to look at all the other airports at least in Sabah first," he said, when asked about the absence of Instrument Landing System (ILS) at Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) which has become a subject of concern, including among the pilots.
"This is what we are doing in the Ministry. We do not want to see any incident as an isolated case.
It is sad that we only can get all the cooperation from other agencies and the public concerned when something like this happened. Why do people need to die before we do thisÉI think this is again a lesson for all of us to learn," he said.