Malaysia sets up team to probe report that air controller was asleep after MH370 disappeared

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's Transport Ministry has set up a special committee to investigate the report by a 19-man team that the supervising controller at the Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre (KLATCC) was asleep when a call was made four hours after Malaysia Airlines MH370 disappeared.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said he viewed such incidents seriously.

"This is very serious. We will investigate and take stern action on any wrongdoings," he told reporters after presenting the Long Service Award to 113 staff of the Tunku Abdul Rahman University College here.

Datuk Seri Liow said a working group meeting between China, Australia and Malaysia on the MH370 disappearance would be held here this month, following by a ministerial meeting in April.

He added that the meetings would review the search efforts and decide on the cause of action.