Malaysia to push for better flight tracking

Good meeting: Liow (right) met Foxx to strengthen cooperation between Malaysia and the United States.

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Malaysia will push for an improvement on real-time tracking of airline flights and a better sharing of aviation risks at an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) meeting next week, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Liow said the international community needed to collaborate more closely and take greater steps towards improving safety and security in civil aviation in the light of the MH370 and MH17 tragedies.

"Malaysia intends to present its views and input to the ICAO Council, with a view towards seeking consensus on this matter," said Liow, who will be attending the ICAO's 203rd Session meeting that will be held in Montreal, Canada.

"Among the matters I will put forward to the ICAO Council include the need to improve aircraft tracking by implementing real-time tracking as well as the need for sharing of information pertaining to flight risks," he said in a statement.

He said the United States would be co-sponsoring an ICAO resolution that would emphasise the responsibility of member countries to assist in the MH17 investigation.

"The resolution stresses the importance of all states assisting with the continuation and finalisation of a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the incident."

Liow, who held a meeting with US Transport Secretary Anthony Foxx in Washington on Friday to further strengthen cooperation between both countries, said the resolution would also urge all states to comply with international laws that prohibit acts of violence which pose a threat to the safety of international civil aviation.

Liow said he expressed Malaysia's appreciation for the support shown by the United States in the aftermath of the MH17 and MH370 incidents during his meeting with Foxx.

MH370 disappeared from radar on March 8 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew, and MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine near the Russian border on July 17, killing all 298 on board.