Interpol hits back at Malaysia’s stolen passport database claims

The Malaysian Insider/AFP
March 29, 2014

Interpol hit back yesterday at Malaysia’s claims that consulting a stolen passport database would have caused too much delays to be useful, after confusion caused by Kuala Lumpur’s failure to detect two illegal migrants on the still missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

Two passengers on the Malaysian Boeing 777 flight thought to have crashed into the Indian Ocean triggered an international terrorism probe this month after it was revealed they were travelling on stolen passports.

It was later reported that the pair were illegal migrants from Iran seeking a better life in the West and Malaysian authorities were criticised for not using an Interpol database designed to identify stolen passports.

But on Wednesday, Malaysian Minister of Home Affairs Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told parliament in Kuala Lumpur that consulting the database was too time consuming for immigration officers and caused airport delays.

Interpol shot back saying Malaysia’s decision to not consult the database before allowing travellers to enter the country or board planes “cannot be defended by falsely blaming technology or Interpol”.

“If there is any responsibility or blame for this failure, it rests solely with Malaysia’s Immigration Department,” the France-based organisation said.

Interpol said that it takes “just seconds to reveal whether a passport is listed, with recent tests providing results in 0.2 seconds”.

While some countries consult the database more than a hundred million times a year, “in 2014 prior to the tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Malaysia’s Immigration Department did not conduct a single check of passengers’ passports against Interpol’s databases,” the agency said.

“Had Malaysia consulted Interpol’s database, the fact that both passengers were using stolen passports would have been discovered almost instantaneously,” it added.

Interpol said earlier this month the two men were believed to have travelled to Kuala Lumpur via Doha using Iranian passports.

They then switched to stolen Austrian and Italian passports to board the Beijing-bound flight which vanished with 239 people on board. – AFP, March 29, 2014.

  1. #1 by boh-liao on Saturday, 29 March 2014 - 12:10 pm

    1DERful! BAGUS! Ho SAY liao!

    Our DUMB ministers showing off their dumbness 2 d world when they made statement like “consulting d database was too time consuming 4 immigration officers n caused airport delays”
    0.2 seconds = too time consuming, GREAT
    When plane missing, spent >3 weeks SAR, NOT too time consuming leh, LOL

    Ignorant, technology-illiterate, NO KNOW d science of database searching, dumb, incompetent, inefficient – JUST ADMIT it lor, Y want 2 continue 2 bluff 1 – CAN bluff some local MPs n rakyat, but CANNOT bluff n fool all d ppl all d time what

    GREAT, Yes, ministers, pls CONTINUE 2 open your BIG FAT mouths and spew garbage 4 d entire WORLD 2 know dis 1DERful land is ruled by DUMB dumb Perkosa-UmnoB/BN kaki, LOL

    D MAJORITY of voters who REJECTED Perkosa-UmnoB/BN in GE13 oredi declared loudly: WE KNEW it n TOLD u SO

    • #2 by cemerlang on Saturday, 29 March 2014 - 6:07 pm

      what will you do first when the plane is missing ? you will look for it. The stolen passports come later. because when you can’t find the plane, then you start finding faults. From the stolen passport to terrorism to the telefon the pilot got just before he flew

  2. #3 by boh-liao on Saturday, 29 March 2014 - 12:21 pm

    0.2 seconds = too time consuming, NO NEED 2 consult Interpol’s database
    So dumb 1

    When plane with 239 people on board missing, spent >3 weeks SAR, NOT too time consuming leh

    239 LIVES may b lost bcos d ministers n their officers believe dat consulting d Interpol’s database was too time consuming n UNNECESSARY
    WOO HOO …………………………

    • #4 by cemerlang on Saturday, 29 March 2014 - 6:07 pm

      interpol, FBI, special branch should investigate the last telephone call just before the pilot flew

  3. #5 by Justice Ipsofacto on Saturday, 29 March 2014 - 2:01 pm

    Yeah, the reason why our immigration guys did not carry out the check lies hidden somewhere inside here:

    Endless Possibilities.
    Unlimited Stupidity.
    Kangkung Mentality.

    • #6 by cemerlang on Saturday, 29 March 2014 - 6:08 pm

      because all this while, it has always been this way. the comfort zone syndrome

  4. #7 by waterfrontcoolie on Saturday, 29 March 2014 - 5:36 pm

    Well, with Interpol, it may not be easy to make expedient changes whenever required. Notwithstanding that Malaysia championed trade when Asean was formed but when openness was called they quickly delay any form of open IT connections with all kinds of excuses. Today, we are behind Thailand for a couple of years, forget the little dot! Soon Indonesia and Vietnam will drive pass us. Clinging to political power for riches has been the guiding light for the past 30 plus years! Indeed if the yard stick of Thaksin’s wife on a piece of public auction land was any indicator, then our tolerance for corruption must be 10 times higher than the Thais.She bide with some connivance at 60% of the market price! Here we gave away free public land worth 10 times more in value and yet Malaysians swallowed it! That is the difference in the level of social quality that we have arrived at in the 21st Century!

  5. #8 by john on Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 12:47 am

    NOW, he got caught with his pants down again. Last, recent one was about “hey, they looked like Asian,,,,, at the end, he ” bluffed” his way through in Parliament, with no chance for rest to re-butt.” Now, with Interpol could he dangle an outsourced fat contract (RM Billions) on eg. modernize the RADAR or sub with SAR fully equip, in front of ANOTHER country TO SPITE this FRANCIH instead.
    Anyway by the stand ( very idiotic ) he ( and rest morons, since MMK ) made, since 911; is very clear that tacitly, indirectly or indirectly , IS M’sia ABETTING IN THIS ? Is A Question for these morons to re-butt “beyond any reasonable of doubt”. ( another phrase used under unqualified situation, besides the ‘unprecedented. Both phrase arise out of morons failure, first; and not the event(s) itself ).

  6. #9 by good coolie on Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 8:25 pm

    Our leaders are now out on the rough seas. However, that is something that our leaders should welcome because “rough seas make good mariners”. No feet of clay, please! These foreigners can be pretty rough and they, unlike us, are not intimidated by authority.

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