Thursday, April 10, 2008

Slack security in KLIA

Kuala Lumpur International Airport despite winning so many awards previously has been reported to have a lapsed in security (read: not security breach) when a Bangladeshi passenger was found to have smuggled a knife, a dangerous weapon and banned item.

The Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat is right when he blamed it on Malaysia Airport Bhd incompetency. Not so much on the system or procedure but the people (from security to management) who are suppose to watch and control over security matters at the airport.

This is yet another typical case of Malaysian syndrome of "First class infrastructure, third world mentality".

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Extracted from: (Apr 10, 2008)

MAB suspends three workers in fruit knife incident


KUALA LUMPUR: Three Malaysia Airport Bhd (MAB) workers have been suspended in connection with the incident of a Bangladeshi passenger who managed to sneak a fruit knife onto a GMG Airlines flight.

The incident, which occurred on Tuesday, caused panic among passengers and the Bangladeshi plane that was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Dhaka was forced to make an emergency landing in Bangkok, Thailand.

The passenger was apprehended by Thai airport authorities and was subsequently released to board a flight to Dhaka.

Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat said Malaysia Airport Bhd (MAB) was responsible for the breach of security for allowing the Bangladeshi to board the plane with a fruit knife.

"(MAB is) now working with its counterparts in Thailand to investigate the incident further.

"Kuala Lumpur International Airport should maintain its standards in the matter of security, especially in light of winning so many awards previously," he said.

He added that it was not the system that should be blamed. The staff should be more sensitive, aware and serious about security issues.


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