Malaysian Transport Minister: Special team to probe "sleeping air traffic controller" report

Malaysian Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai

KUALA LUMPUR - The Transport Ministry has set up a special committee to investigate the report by a 19-man team that the supervising controller at the Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre (KLATCC) was asleep when a call was made four hours after MH370 disappeared.

Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said he viewed such incident seriously.

"This is very serious. We will investigate and take stern action on any wrongdoings," he told reporters after presenting the Long Service Award to 113 staff of the Tunku Abdul Rahman University College here.

Liow said a working group meeting between China, Australia and Malaysia on the MH370 disappearance would be held here this month, following by a ministerial meeting in April.

He added that the meetings would review the search efforts and decide on the cause of action.