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MH370 incident brings home need for good intelligence: Shanmugam

Published on Mar 16, 2014 1:42 PM
 
Extremely good intelligence is key to averting incidents such as the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, said Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

Extremely good intelligence is key to averting incidents such as the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, said Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam.

It had emerged on Saturday that the plane may have taken over by someone with malicious intent. Malaysian authorities have found that someone on board may have deliberately disabled the plane's transponder and other devices with the plane continuing to fly for nearly seven hours after authorities had lost contact with it.

Speaking on the sidelines of a community event in Sembawang on Sunday, Mr Shanmugam said the latest revelations on MH370 are "quite chilling". He noted that the takeover of the plane was a very deliberate, very carefully planned operation. "It is a very sharp reminder really that we cannot take anything for granted," he said.

With Changi Airport's 50 million passengers passing through a year, doing "100 per cent checks" is not practical, he noted, as most passengers are travelling legitimately and want a good experience. "So the real answer is extremely good intelligence ahead of time, close cooperation with others," he said.

 
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