PETALING JAYA: Enforcement agencies have mounted a large-scale search and rescue operation for missing Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said: “We are working with other relevant agencies in searching for the plane.
“We are ready. Even if we are required to assist a foreign authority, we will do that,” he said yesterday, adding that the police’s marine and air unit had joined the search and rescue mission.
Asked whether the police would focus their search near Kota Baru waters, as Malaysia Airlines said the last point of contact with flight MH370 was approximately 120 nautical miles east of Kota Baru at the South China Sea, Khalid said, “We are part of the air and sea SaR (Search and Rescue). Our small boats will be utilized as far as we can get,” he said.
Marine Police commander Senior Asst Comm Datuk Abdul Aziz Yusof said three boats and 24 personnel were deployed early this morning as part of an operation off Kelantan waters bordering on Terengganu waters.
“If need be, we are ready to deploy more assets,” he said.
Pahang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Sharifuddin Ab Ghani said the state personnel were also participating in the SaR.
“We received the order to activate the contingent control centre for search and rescue operations,” he said.
An emergency rescue message has been sent out to all vessels near the last known location of the missing flight MH370.
Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency’s disaster search and rescue unit chief Maritime First Admiral Muhammad Abdul Basar Taji said the agency had already dispatched its CL-415MP aircraft along with four vessels as part of the rescue mission.