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Pilot's daughter: I will not forgive British tabloid

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Modified 31 Mar 2014, 7:08 am

Aishah Zaharie, the daughter of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 pilot, has lashed out at British tabloid Daily Mail for reports putting her father in bad light.

"Dear Daily Mail , you should consider making movies since you are so good at making up stories and scripts out of thin air...

"May god have mercy on your souls. You can bet your a** I will not forgive you," she said in a Facebook posting yesterday, The Straits Times reported.

The remarks come after the Daily Mail on March 29 quoted a source "close to the family", claiming that Aishah had purportedly said her father was "disturbed and lost in his own world" prior to his ill-fated flight.

The tabloid also claimed Zaharie's wife, Faizah Khanum Mustafa Khan, had said her husband had "retreated into a shell" and did not speak to her.

On March 15, the newspaper described Zaharie as a "fanatical supporter" of Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim after it learnt the pilot was a PKR member and speculated he may have been affected by the politician's recent jail sentence.

'Impeccable and enigmatic'

However, the tabloid last Saturday also quoted individuals coming to Zaharie's defence.

“None of us believe he has done it, I stand by my friend,” MAS pilot Abdul Manaf Hasan was quoted as saying.

Abdul Manaf described Zaharie as an impeccable and enigmatic pilot.

More than three weeks since Flight MH370 went missing, investigators are still clueless why the aircraft mysteriously cut communications with air traffic controllers and made a turn back before flying into the unknown.

This has led to various speculations including whether Zaharie, who had more 18,000 flight hours of experience, and his rookie co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid, had anything to do with the disappearance of the plane.

Police have thus far said they are not discounting any possibilities but have not been able to establish any evidence to zoom in on the cause of the disappearance of the plane.