KUALA LUMPUR - A serious discussion on airport security in the Dewan Rakyat took a hilarious turn when MPs began complaining about "excessive groping" during body searches.
Datuk Makin @ Marcus Mojigoh (BN - Putatan) protested loudly against the pat-downs, which he said was done extensively in East Malaysia airports
"I know that the safety of passengers is the priority, but I have gone through many international airports and no one has ever touched me in the name of pat downs," said Mojigoh.
"Can't our airports have scanners instead, so we do not have to be groped in all sorts of places when going through airport security," he added.
Datuk Dr Khairuddin Aman Razali (PAS - Kuala Nerus) agreed, and also called for better scanning equipment in airports so that pat downs can be avoided.
Tian Chua (PKR - Batu) scoffed at the suggestion that a security officer's hands were more capable of detecting hidden explosives on a person.
"A security threat is not child's play. I don't care if I need to be patted down 10 times to ensure all is well. But if a machine can do the job just as well, why can't we use the machine instead?" he said.
In response, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said he would relay the concerns to Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), seeing as quite a number of them had raised objections.