Thursday, 21 June 2018 | MYT 4:37 PM
Allegations arise of MAS waiving RM17,000 excess baggage fees for Najib (updated)
PETALING JAYA: Allegations have arisen that Malaysia Airlines (MAS) waived excess baggage charges of about RM17,000 when former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his family flew to Pulau Langkawi for a holiday recently.
Update: MAS denies waiving Najib's RM17,000 excess baggage charges
Screenshots which are now going viral – said to be of the airline's ticketing system – show that the charges of RM17,071.85 were waived for the "head of pool" with the name "MOHDNAJIB Hjabrazak Dato" for flight MH1450 to Langkawi on June 16, with the return trip four days later on June 20.
MAS has since denied that any waiver was given for the entourage and said that their total check-in baggage was well within the allowable limit.
It clarified that when passengers check-in as a group, all baggage may be combined and tagged under one name, which would appear on the system as excess baggage.
It was reported that Najib and his family, including his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, had a brief holiday in Pulau Langkawi from June 16-20
Kedah police chief Commissioner Datuk Zainal Abidin Kasim on Monday (June 18) said Najib arrived in Langkawi on June 16 and spent his time playing golf on the island.
He also asked the public to stop speculation that Najib was attempting to leave the country via a northern route. Both Najib and Rosmah have been barred from leaving the country pending investigations into 1MDB.