No indication KLIA’s systems glitch caused by sabotage, says IGP

Long queues were seen at the KLIA in Sepang as a result of a network systems failure last month. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Abdul Hamid Bador said there are no leads to indicate the recent disruption in the network system at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) was caused by sabotage.

He said that several statements were recorded and police are still consulting certain experts in the field as part of their investigation.

“The investigation is still on-going and we want to learn more from the experts in order for us to understand the case better,” Hamid said when asked to provide an update on the KLIA system disruption for four days from Aug 21.

This caused flight delays to travellers.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said the disruption had affected internet connection, flight information terminals, check-in counters and the baggage handling system.

The airports operator had promptly replaced the malfunctioning network equipment.

Travellers were also told to arrive at the airport four hours earlier before their departure time.

The airport operator later lodged a police report on the incident.

KLIA district police chief Zulkifli Adamsah had said the investigation will be carried out under Section 427 of the Penal Code for mischief, an offence under which a person can be punished with imprisonment of not less than a year and not more than five years, or with a fine, or both, upon conviction.