KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 14 — Malaysia’s airport security is under scrutiny following the arrest of an airport guard suspected of links to the Islamic State (IS) terror group.
Counter-terrorism deputy commissioner Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said it is “dangerous” to have someone who has turned radical having access to an entire airport or aircraft, Singapore-based broadcaster Channel News Asia reported on its website yesterday.
The guard was said to have worked at the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah airport in Kuantan, Pahang since 2015 and before that, had worked at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) for 11 years.
“It is dangerous to have someone turn radical who has access to an entire airport and its aircraft.
“You must remember that IS had called for those who are not able to travel to Syria to conduct attacks in their home countries,” Ayob was quoted saying.
He was also reported telling airport security surpervisors to monitor their staff for early signs of radicalisation instead of just passing all initiatives to the police.
Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad was also reported saying that airport security passes for its employees are renewed yearly.
Applications have to be resubmitted every year for the passes, and they are then vetted by the Chief Government Security Office, which handles security for all government assets.
“We (also) require staff and vendors to attend security awareness briefings which is part of the Malaysia Airlines’ security programme, which includes subjects on … security processes and insider threats,” it was quoted saying.