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'MH370 shows need for good intelligence'

Posted: 16 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

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 been taken over by someone with an 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 yesterday, 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% 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."

Referring to the arguments raised in the past few months about intelligence and intelligence activities, Shanmugam noted that the MH370 incident brings home the need for good intelligence, and for governments to have it and be able to use it effectively.

"It doesn't mean that it will pick up everything, but with good airport security and intelligence, you should be able to avert most of the danger," he said. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

Search moved to Malacca Strait

Posted: 16 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

Following Malaysia's announce­­ment that efforts in the South China Sea to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 had been called off, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) said it has recalled its ships and aircraft there.

Since March 8, when the plane disappeared, the SAF has supported the operation in the South China Sea.

The SAF will continue to support the search operation in the Malacca Strait with a RSAF patrol aircraft, which was deployed to the Butterworth Air Base. — The Straits Times/ Asia News Network


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