Missing MH370: Co-pilot is a good man, says muezzin

Missing MH370: Co-pilot is a good man, says muezzin

PETALING JAYA - A bilal (muezzin) at the mosque frequented by MH370 first officer Fariq Abdul Hamid has denied talk that the Malaysia Airlines pilot has something to do with the aircraft's disappearance.

"Tak mungkin (It is not possible)," Aiman Firdaus Tan said to queries on whether Fariq may be involved.

Aiman has been a muezzin at the mosque located near Fariq's house for 10 years and knows the co-pilot and his family.

"Fariq is a good man. He comes from a family that places strong emphasis on good moral values," Aiman said, adding that he was confident the 27-year-old Fariq had a sound religious upbringing.

"I am not very close to him as he is often away due to his work. But whenever he is back home, he will visit the mosque. He is a friendly person who would often chat to ­others after prayers."

Aiman was disappointed with the negative reports painted on the pilots by the foreign media.

Fariq was said to have been preparing for his marriage to AirAsia pilot Nadira Ramli, 26.

After reports surfaced that the plane was rerouted and possibly manoeuvred by a skilled pilot, investigations are now focusing on those who had the skills to handle the aircraft, including Fariq, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, and aircraft engineer Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat, 29.

All crew and passengers on board MH370 are also undergoing intensive screening to uncover any leads that may help locate the airplane.

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