Missing MH370: PAC wants authorities to review security procedures at KL airport

JOHOR BARU - The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) wants the authorities to review the current security procedures at KL International Airport (KLIA) following the episode of the missing Flight MH370.

PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said that the incident revealed that security weaknesses had been occurring at the airport.

"There have been elements of crime such as the use of forged or stolen passports in KLIA.

"Although the Customs and Immigration Departments have reiterated that their security procedures at the airport have adhered to international standard operating procedures, the incident showed that the issue was probably due to lackadaisical attitude of security officials," he said at a press conference at the closing ceremony of the "Generation of Amazing Leader 2014" held at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia here yesterday.

Nur Jazlan questioned why passengers using forged passports were able to pass through the immigration checkpoint at KLIA, and why such incidents did not happen at other airports such as in Singapore, Bangkok or Jakarta.

"There is something wrong somewhere at KLIA. It seems the relevant authorities still do not want to admit there are problems and they are now playing the blame game," he added.

He said Malaysian security departments should improve KLIA's security system and prevent syndicates from using KLIA for their criminal activities.

Nur Jazlan said PAC would support steps taken to improve the security system at KLIA including buying sophisticated equipment for scanning and surveillance purposes.

He also said the authorities must ensure that security system at the new KLIA2 would be made more stringent to ensure that the new airport would not become another preferred choice for human trafficking and drug smuggling activities.

On another matter, Nur Jazlan commended Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein's efforts to answer questions from the world media.

However, he said that there seemed to be a lack of coordination between the relevant authorities in disseminating information, including conflicting statements from senior officials on the incident.

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