SEREMBAN - The search for MH370 will continue to be a priority for newly-minted Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
"This case is not new to me as I have been attending some of the briefings from day one. I have been keeping abreast of the latest developments," he said after opening the Seremban MCA division meeting on Thursday night.
Liow, who served as Health Minister from March 2008 until May 2013, said he would be meeting experts involved in the investigations into the missing airliner soon.
He also pledged to continue building on the efforts put in by his predecessor, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
Asked on suggestions by some quarters that an independent body be set up to investigate the mystery, Liow said he would decide on this matter later.
"I do not want to jump the gun. I need to meet the relevant people who are already involved in the investigations and only then will I decide if we need to have an independent team to probe the case," he said.
Liow also thanked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for appointing him to the transport portfolio.
"This is a very important ministry as the transportation sector is one of the most important contributors to any economy.
"As Transport Minister, I will do my best to ensure our economy remains resilient," he said, adding that he would also help realise the Government's target to increase bilateral trade with China from US$100billion (S$125billion) at present to US$160bil (S$200billion) by 2017.
Meanwhile, on MCA's role in nation building, Liow, who is party president, said party leaders at all levels should work even harder to be the link between the Government and the people, especially the Chinese community.
He said the party's return to the Cabinet was a long awaited move by the Chinese community as they still believed that MCA was the best channel for their grouses to be heard by the Government.
"This shows that the Chinese community still needs the MCA, and I urge them to be united with the party so that both sides can work together for the benefit of all," said Liow when opening the Ledang MCA division annual general meeting in Tangkak, Johor.
Liow also took the opportunity to remind party leaders to adopt the spirit of service "even when no one is watching".
"They must be diligent in serving the people even when there are no cameras or reporters around, and do their jobs even in the absence of media coverage, and not just talk for the sake of garnering publicity," he said.