Sabtu, 29 Mac 2014
MH370 Day 22: Interpol hits back at Zahid Hamidi?
Interpol recently defended its database for checking passports which, Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had deemed as being 'too time consuming' and 'causing airport delays'.
According to AFP, Interpol which had earlier hit out at the Malaysian Immigration Department for not checking MH370 plane passengers' passports against its database, defended it after Zahid said its database of 40.2 million lost passports was "too large" and would overwhelm Malaysia's database management system.
"If there is any responsibility or blame for this failure, it rests solely with Malaysia's Immigration Department," Interpol was quoted as saying.
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.
"Had Malaysia consulted Interpol's database, the fact that both passengers were using stolen passports would have been discovered almost instantaneously," it said.
On Wednesday, Zahid told Parliament that consulting the database was too time consuming for immigration officers and caused airport delays.