KUALA LUMPUR: The Transport Ministry is reviewing the use of VIP lanes in airports following allegations that they were used to carry money in and out of the country.
“We are looking at this very seriously in terms of airport security. I have asked Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) to review the standard operating procedure of VIP lanes.
“I also ordered MAHB to tighten the procedure for VIPs to use these VIP lanes,” Transport Minister Anthony Loke (pic) told a press conference at the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) headquarters here on Tuesday (Sept 4).
He was responding to a question over allegations that flights were being used to carry money in and out of the country, following the alleged misappropriation of election funds by former officers of the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO), including its director-general Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid.
“There are still VIP lanes, but the usage has to be more regulated. Only selected people can use the VIP lanes.
“Before this, a lot of officers and people in the ministry were using it too. Therefore, we need tighter procedures,” he said.
Loke alleged that under the previous administration, these lanes allowed VIPs to skip having to go through security, and their hand luggage was also not inspected.
He said that from now on, VIPs’ hand luggage will have to go through a security inspection.