Families of mull action fallen

KOTA KINABALU – Families of three state ministers including former chief minister Tun Muhd Fuad Stevens who were among the 11 people who died in the Double Six crash, are contemplating legal action to seek compensation.

In a statement issued on the eve the crash anniversary of June 6, 1976, the family members of Mohd Fuad and Datuk Peter Mojuntin, as well as Datuk Sulong, said that they wanted to acknowledge and relieve the “immense pain” they endured for nearly five decades.

Yesterday, Mohd. Fuad’s daughter Faridah and Mojuntin’s son Donald as well as Salleh’s daughter Kartina released a statement on behalf their families.

The Federal Government has not responded to their request for compensation.

The declassification on April 12th, 2023 of the Malaysian Investigation Report provided important insights into the circumstances surrounding the crash. However, the reasons behind the long delay remain unclear.

The families have suffered more from the long delay, as they are unable to move on and find closure for this tragic episode in their lives.

The families have asked the Federal Government of Malaysia for compensation in order to satisfy their unwavering need for justice and closure. They have also conveyed this request to the government.

In a statement, they stated that “unfortunately, there has not been a response to date.”

Fuad, the ministers and nine other passengers were on the Nomad 9M-ATZ aircraft that crashed into Sembulan water as it approached Kota Kinabalu’s airport runway after a short flight to Labuan from Labuan in June 1976.

It is known as the Double Six Tragedy, because of the date when it happened. The state government marks its anniversary every year on the spot.

They also invited the entire community to join in today’s commemoration and honoring of the victims who lost their lives in the accident 48 years ago.

The families carry on the legacy of those they love, not only with their hearts but through their actions. “They are committed to finding the truth and justice in order to ensure that such a tragic event never happens again,” the families said.

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