In July 2021, a food enthusiast ordered ‘nasi ganja’ from Ipoh, Perak and had a helicopter deliver it to him in Kuala Lumpur. The incident went viral and an investigation was conducted by the police for a possible breach of the interstate travel ban that was in place at the time.
According to Perak police chief Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid, they found that the helicopter had prior permission to land at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, but it landed some 6km away at the Padang Ipoh, for which it did not have permission.
The investigation papers were then sent to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for further action after statements were taken from five individuals in August 2021.
However, the matter seems to have died down until last month when the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) questioned the authorities for the lack of action.
In a statement on 1 April 2022, EAIC chairman Sidek Hassan reminded authorities to quickly resolve the “easy cases” such as the nasi ganja helicopter or risk seeing their credibility being eroded.
“Cases like that should be resolved easily. But there seem to be ongoing cases with no end in sight. And this will erode the enforcement agency’s credibility and that of the government’s.”
“Case closed is not the same as closure,” he said.
On 1 May, after almost a year, the authorities are finally charging the suspect at the courts.
According to FMT, Bukit Aman’s director of criminal investigation department (CID), Abdul Jalil Hassan said the police submitted the investigation papers and have received instructions from the state prosecution director’s office to proceed with the charge.
The suspect was charged under Rule 77(2) of the Civil Aviation Regulations 2017 for failing to follow the submitted flight plan when landing an aircraft at a location other than the aerodrome specified.
If convicted, the suspect faces a penalty of up to three years in jail, up to RM50,000 fine, or both.
The suspect is scheduled to be charged at the Ipoh Magistrate’s Court next Monday (9 May).