KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 — Disembarking in the domestic arrival hall despite landing on an international flight at KLIA yesterday led DAP assemblyman Yeo Bee Yin to ask how security officials allowed foreign passengers to possibly enter the country unrecorded at Malaysia’s premier airport
According to Yeo, she returned from a trip to Bali via a Malindo Air flight yesterday but was unusually directed away from the international arrival area and towards the exit for local flights.
While the different approach made for passenger confusion due to luggage being sent to the conveyors in international hall, Yeo said the greater concern was the lapse in airport security.
“One, all passengers on this flight, both foreigners and Malaysians, could literally walk out of the airport building without having their identity documents checked by immigration officers.
“In addition to that, all arriving passengers would need to get their passport stamped to register their entry into the country, otherwise they would have problems leaving the country,” she said in a statement today.
She further added that the situation was resolved only through the passengers’ efforts in discovering that Malindo’s ground staff had used the wrong exit, saying that airport officials were “clueless” about a resolution.
“I later found out that a Malindo flight from Jakarta had also experienced the same technical glitch.”
Yeo said that while the error was worrying as it risked putting Malaysia in a bad light with the affected tourists, she reserved most of her criticism towards the lax approach in immigration security at KLIA.
“This sort of security lapse could be exploited by the wrong parties to carry out illegal or unsavoury cross-border activities,” she said.