Former Minister, Malaysian Ambassador to the United States and Members of Parliament Dr. Jamaluddin Jarjis was killed in a helicopter crash near Selangor this evening. He was 63 years old.
Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told Bernama that Jamaluddin was among six passengers on board the ill-fated helicopter.
Also killed was Azlin Alias, Private Secretary to Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. The other four were businessman Dato’ Robert Tan, Pilot Captain Cliff Fournier, co-Pilot Ajdiana Baiziera, and Jamaluddin’s bodyguard identified as Raskan. The helicopter was believed to be on its way back from Najib’s daughter’s wedding reception in Pekan, Pahang.
The helicopter, believed to be owned by a private company, crashed and caught fire at about 4.55pm. According to Fire and Rescue Department, all six bodies were found by 8.15pm.
Bernama reported that the helicopter was seen to have exploded in mid-air before hitting the ground.
A witness, Roslan Harun, 54, a security guard on duty near the scene, said the mishap occurred during heavy rain. “It exploded in mid-air, not so high from the ground. Then, the debris, tail and blades were thrown all over the place,” he told Bernama at the scene.
Roslan said he had wanted to enter the crash site to offer help and assistance, but changed his mind and called the Fire and Rescue Department instead. He said the crash site was about 5km away from Kampung Sungai Pening, or 13km from the Semenyih town.
Jamaluddin had served as a Minister as well as Malaysian Ambassador to the United States.