Missing MH370: Global focus also on DCA's director-general

Missing MH370: Global focus also on DCA's director-general

SEPANG, Malaysia - While the world's attention is transfixed on the search for the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, all eyes and ears are also centred on Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, who is in charge of one of the largest search and rescue (SAR) operations for a missing airliner in many years.

He was the DCA's airworthiness director who investigated several cases of aircraft accidents in Malaysia. But this is the first time global focus is on him.

"It is a challenge beyond words. I am always on the phone with authorities from other countries to exchange information.

"There are a lot of (SAR) activities going on in many areas. All must be reported to me," he said in an interview.

The 56-year-old Temerloh-born engineer, who has led the DCA since 2008, came out strongly against accusations that he was withholding information.

He said updated and verified information was vital for him to plan the next course of action.

"I just cannot announce something without confirming the details with the other authorities. There have been many unverified reports which were later found to be untrue.

"Imagine the consequences if I just picked up these unverified reports and told the whole world about it," he added.


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