Dr Mahathir requires investigation on KLIA systems malfunction

KLIA is recovering from the breakdown, but the airport is not operating smoothly yet, says PM


PRIME Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday that Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) must investigate the actual cause of the recent systems malfunction at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

He said the systems failure at the airport should not have occurred.

“We have to find out the reason for the breakdown. It should not have happened because similar systems are in use at other airports and they didn’t face the problems that we did,” he told Malaysian journalists after concluding his three-day official visit to Vietnam.

Dr Mahathir said KLIA is recovering from the breakdown, but the airport is not operating smoothly yet.

A systems breakdown last Wednesday resulted in flight delays and cancellations and long queues at check-in counters as airport staff reverted to manual operations.

It affected the main functions — such as WiFi connections, the flight information display system, check-in counters and baggage-handling system.

MAHB lodged a police report on Tuesday on the breakdown and the police said they are investigating the case under Section 427 of the Penal Code for committing mischief.

Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir on Tuesday test drove a model of VinFast, a car manufactured by Vietnam.

He test drove the SUV LUX SA (A) 2.0 model for about 10 minutes during a visit to the Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park.

The PM was accompanied by Vingroup Joint Stock Co chairman Pham Nhat Vuong and VinFast technician Nguyen Anh Hieu.

The LUX SA (A) 2.0 SUV costs 1.4 billion dong (RM253,789) and is expected to go on sale in Vietnam this year.

It is equipped with a DOHC 2L turbo-charged four-cylinder engine with 228hp and maximum torque of 350Nm.

Dr Mahathir, who was on a threeday official visit to Vietnam beginning on Monday, was shown two models of the car, Fadil and VinFast Sedan LUX 2.0.

VinFast, the Vietnamese car manufacturer, is a subsidiary of the Vingroup conglomerate.

The VinFast assembly plant was set up in 2017. It launched its first model, Fadil, last year.

Dr Mahathir also visited FPT Software, a global IT services and outsourcing company also located at the Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park. — Bernama