Malaysia Ponders Passenger Only Airport Terminals

July 15, 2016 – Malaysia is considering a proposal to allow only the air passengers to be in the terminals at all major airports in Malaysia in order to improve security, said Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today.

He said that during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, it was proposed that only passengers be allowed at the check-in counters while those sending them off should reamin outside the terminal building or allowed to be at a designated area.

“The cabinet has instructed the Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai to work out this proposal with Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad,” said Ahmad Zahid. “Hopefully, it can be implemented soon.”

Mr Ahamd Zahid, who is leading the Malaysian delegation to the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit in Ulaanbaatar, said Liow was also asked to find a way to ensure that vehicles sending off or waiting for the air passengers would not be near the terminal.

“Perhaps these vehicles should only be allowed at the car park,” he said.

The Deputy Prime Minister said he had also instructed that security be tightened at all Malaysian airports, including increasing the number of police and military personnel deployed under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS).

The NBOS is a collaborative framework involving more than 80 ministries and government agencies that was set up in 2009 to enhance efficiency and communication within the public sector.

Mr Ahamd Zahid said assets to enhance security control at the airports would also be increased, including purchasing sophisticated devices like high-definition CCTVs and facial recognition equipment.

Meanwhile, he hoped that other ASEAN countries would also tighten security at their respective airports.

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