Zaharie Ahmad Shah, who flew the Malaysian Airlines aeroplane when it dropped off radar, spoke to his engineer cousin, Zulhaimi Bin Wahidin, just a month before MH370’s final flight. Mr Zulhaimi also worked for the Malaysian travel company when the plane disappeared. However, he has denied giving his cousin information that could help him crash the Boeing 777.
He told The Australian: “I was at police headquarters for three days.
“It spanned from morning to evening.
“I told them that Zaharie is a smart guy.
“He doesn’t need me to get all of the information.”
After the plane vanished from radar on March 8, 2014, police probed the possibility Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah deliberately hijacked the plane and crash it into the sea, killing himself and the 238 passengers onboard.
However, Mr Zulhaimi has rejected allegations his cousin deliberately caused the crash.
He said: “They’re trying to blame him for what happened and it’s very hard for me to swallow that because he’s not that kind of a person.
“He was a jovial person. He had a lot of money. He was enjoying his life.
“Why would he kill himself for no reason? He had a good family and a good life. Successful children.”
Police eventually determined Mr Zulhaimi probably hadn’t given information to his cousin to help down the passenger plane after seeing the engineer’s phone records.
The pair regularly phoned each other and the authorities therefore concluded there was nothing unusual about their phone call before the doomed MH370 flight.
Speaking about the 45minute conversation, Mr Zulhaimi said: “That was not the first and last phone call.
“He had been calling me every week practically for the last 10 or 20 years.
“He’s a simulator instructor and the simulator is located near to my house.
“So each time when he wanted to go for simulator training, he would call me, ‘Are you in the house now? I want to visit you’.”