We will work with others to boost security, says Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation

We will work with others to boost security, says Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation
Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Director General Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said although security at KL International Airport (KLIA) and other airports in Malaysia had always complied with international standards, the department was ready to work with all relevant agencies to improve existing protocols.

PETALING JAYA - The Department of Civil Aviation will work with other agencies to formulate measures to enhance security at all airports in the country in the wake of the Flight MH370 calamity.

DCA director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said although security at KL International Airport (KLIA) and other airports in Malaysia had always complied with international standards, the department was ready to work with all relevant agencies to improve existing protocols.

"Co-operation among the relevant agencies is very important in terms of security," he said yesterday.

Azharuddin said DCA had always carried out everything required in terms of security checks and standard procedures.

"We have always focused on ensuring the safety and security of all involved in the aviation industry, especially the passengers," he added.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had also announced that the ministry would introduce more measures to heighten security at airports and entry points in the country.

He said officials of the ministry's agencies, including police and the Immigration Department, had held meetings in the wake of Flight MH370's disappearance.

He added that other ministries and agencies would also be involved.

Iranians Pouri Nour Mohammad Merhdad, 19, and Delavar Seyed Mohammad Erza, 29, raised a global stir when they reportedly flew here from Doha using Iranian passports and then switched to stolen Austrian and Italian passports to board Flight MH370 to Beijing on March 8.

Initial investigations, however, showed that Pouri Nour had planned to go to Germany to seek asylum and reunite with his mother in Frankfurt.

The passports held by Pouri Nour and Delavar had been reported stolen in Thailand.

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