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IGP: Pilot's last phone call mere speculation
Published:  Mar 21, 2014 5:21 PM
Updated: 12:33 PM

Police have described a report claiming that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah made a phone call from the cockpit of MH370 prior to take off on March 8 as mere speculation.

Asked to comment on the report published by UK-based daily The Sun , Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar replied in a text message: "This is all speculation."

Zaharie has become one of the focal points of the probe to determine what happened to the Boeing 777-200ER en route to Beijing carrying 239 people.

The Sun reported that investigators were trying to establish who the pilot spoke to in the minutes before the flight took off from the KL International Airport (KLIA) at 12.41am.

Prior to this, the pilot's self-constructed flight simulator had also been seized, with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also working on it to retrieve deleted data .

Khalid ( left ) said there had been  no new development in  regard to this.

"Nothing yet," he said when asked.

Last week, a British tabloid claimed that Zaharie, a PKR member, was a fervent supporter of Anwar Ibrahim and a "political fanatic".

It also claimed that he was present in court when Anwar was convicted of sodomy and slapped with a five-year jail term, hours before the departure of MH370.

However, PKR leaders denied this and warned against attempts to link Anwar or the opposition to the plane's disappearance.

Meanwhile, during the daily press briefing on the MH370 search and rescue operations, held at the Sama Sama Hotel near KLIA, MAS CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya tells reporters on the matter: “As far as we are concern, we are passing this information on to the investigating authorities and they will investigate”.

Probed for FB 'Likes' by pilot

In another development, local Chinese dailies reported that a college student from Kedah had been questioned by police because Zaharie had been repeatedly clicking "Like" on her Facebook postings.

Kuala Muda police chief ACP Khalil Ariffin confirmed the matter with Sin Chew Daily , but declined to elaborate.

In a Facebook post, the student revealed that her statement had been recorded at the police station from 6.45pm to 9.15pm.

Writing in Chinese, she stated: "The police found that he (Zaharie) has been clicking 'Like' and commenting on my Facebook pictures but it does not mean I know him. This really doesn't make any sense."

"I have to state it clear here, I'm just a student, a nobody. The police have found that I’m not related to this case. I hope the police will stop disturbing innocent netizens like us again," she adds.

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