Missing MH370: 'Search takes priority over national security'

Missing MH370: 'Search takes priority over national security'
From left: Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Director General Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's Transport and Defence Minister Hishamuddin Hussein, and Malaysian Airlines Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, at a news conference in Sepang on March 13, 2014.

SEPANG - Malaysia has placed the search effort for the missing MH370 flight above the importance of its national security.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the military had released raw data from its radar systems to other countries assisting in the operation.

"We have shared our data with our international partners, including the United States and China," he told a press conference here yesterday.

He said such a thing would not ordinarily be done "but in this case we have put the search effort above our national security".

Hishammuddin said the search teams would continue to analyse data and any information that came, in whatever form, to trace the aircraft.

Hishammuddin, who is also Acting Transport Minister, said there were times when they had not been able to reveal certain radar data because these first required analysis and confirmation by other agencies.

"To release the information before it was ready could have compromised the investigation or search effort, and added to the anguish of the relatives," he said.

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