Friday, June 7, 2013

SAPP should put to rest the Double Six tragedy - Donald Mojuntin

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) should put to rest the Double Six tragedy as re-opening the investigation will only open old wounds of those who lost their loved ones in the airplane crash.

Former Moyog assemblyman Datuk Donald Mojuntin, who lost his father Datuk Peter Mojuntin in the tragedy on June 6, 1976, said that SAPP must have a purpose as to why it wants to re-open the investigation into the case.

“In order to open up something, there must be a purpose. What is the purpose?” Donald asked when met yesterday after the Memorial Service for those who perished in the airplane crash in Sembulan.

According to Donald, the purpose (for re-opening the investigation) must be good for all, not just a particular group of people.

It must be good for Sabah, he said, when asked to comment on SAPP wanting to reopen the investigation into the tragedy.

“If it is good for Sabah… if there is benefit from opening up this case and investigating it then so be it. But at this point in time it seems to be political and everything cannot be political,” he opined.

Donald added that everyone is entitled, whatever their political affiliation, to come here and show their respects to our past leaders.

“There is nothing stopping them but opening up the case is a whole different matter altogether. As far as I am concerned, I have been quite clear on the matter, as far as my family is concerned, it took us a long time to get closure over this tragedy. Now we have that closure and we do not want to open up old wounds and I am sure the other families are of that thinking,” he said.

The crash claimed the lives of the then Sabah Chief Minister Tun Mohammed Fuad Stephens and three of the state Cabinet ministers, namely Minister of Finance Datuk Salleh Sulong, Minister of Local Government and Housing, Datuk Peter Mojuntin and Minister of Works and Communications Datuk Chong Thien Vun.

Also killed were assistant minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Darius Binion, permanent secretary of the Finance Ministry Datuk Wahid Peter Andu, Economic Planning Unit director Dr Syed Hussien Wafa, private secretary to Tengku Tan Sri Razaleigh Hamzah, Ishak Atan, Tun Fuad’s eldest son Johari, his bodyguard Corporal Said Mohamed and the pilot of the aircraft Gandhi Nathan.


  1. condolences to the family involved in the said tragedy, even though it happened almost 40 years ago.

  2. opening the cases is like tearing off an already healed wound for the family. respect the family, and let their soul to rest in peace


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