I was on the same flight with Mahathir on that fateful day and we were still in the air on the way to Beijing when a call came through the captain to inform Mahathir about the Memali incident. I remember it was somewhere in November 1985.
Whether Mahathir had prior knowledge of the incident I am not sure.
I was a member of the trade delegation that travelled on the same aircraft as Mahathir when the news broke soon after it happened.
It is strange that after so many decades Musa Hitam's memory was suddenly jolted to remind him that Mahathir was in the country when the incident happened.
He said Mahathir was still in the country two to three days after the incident. This is certainly outrageous, Mahathir was in Beijing then.
Why did he wait almost 30 years to break his silence?
I suppose, it's typical of Malay leaders when they have no more position in the party or no more appointee to lucrative position, they hallucinate in make believe stories, or lie through their teeth to save their own skin.
Is Musa telling a lie or has he gone senile? There were over 100 people on that plane who could testify that Mahathir was on the plane and not in the country, many of them were prominent political and corporate figures.
The following are some prominent figures on the flight to Beijing:
Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen........Minister of Foreign Affairs
Khalid Ibrahim.......now the Menteri Besar of Selangor (my sincere apology to Khalid Ibrahim, if he was not there as I couldn't find his name of the list of delegates)
Moehamad Izat Emir..............now President PERDASAMA
Wee Boon Ping (deceased)...........Sarawak businessman
G.R.Ismail (deceased)..............Sabah businessman
Marina Mahathir.........Tun Mahathir's daughter
The list will be too long to mention everyone's name.
I suggest Musa think hard whether what he claimed is true.