KUALA LUMPUR: New security protocols, especially at entry points in the country, are already being put in place in light of the MH370 crisis, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi Saturday.
“As mentioned by the prime minister, we are revisiting our SOPs, especially the security protocols at our entry points, especially at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport,” Zahid told reporters at the Royal Malaysia Police College here.
Zahid said this followed the directive from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak a day after the March 8 disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) aircraft.
Najib had ordered a review of all protocols and improve them if necessary.
Malaysia, Zahid said, was improving its immigration system by installing APSS or advanced passenger screening system, which “will be in place by the middle of June”.
“I reckon after that directive, PDRM has put an extra effort together with Malaysia Airports Berhad, the Immigration Department and MAS in order to translate the implementation of new security protocols at KLIA,” said Zahid.
Asked if airspace protocols are being revamped, following criticisms the military failed to act on an unidentified aircraft, Zahid said, that did not come under his purview.
“That comes under the authority of the DCA (Department of Civil Aviation) and Ministry of Transport,” he responded.
On fears of a big security breach, including the possibility of another aircraft being used as a weapon, Zahid said, that is “the responsibility of the Defence Ministry” and he did not want to interfere with something that is under another ministry’s jurisdiction.
“When I was there as the Defence Minister, the Airforce is given the responsibility to intercept any foreign element, but not commercial aircraft, because the primary radar is able to identify between a jet fighter, military aircraft and commercial aircraft.
“So I don’t want to enter into somebody else’s responsibilities. Let us concentrate on the Home Affairs Ministry,” he said.
Meanwhile, Zahid also praised acting Transport Minister and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein for his ‘excellent’ handling of the crisis.
“I reckon when the Government of Malaysia decided to have just one spokesman in addressing the crisis it was an excellent approach and decision by the Prime Minister.”
“The DCA and police are also doing everything they can. The details of their investigations will definitely be revealed once it is complete,” Zahid said.