Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (right) and Rector IIUM, Prof Datuk Seri Dr Zaleha Kamaruddin, during a press conference of International Conference on Law, Order and Criminal Justice 2014 at International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC), Persiaran Duta. Pix by Salhani Ibrahim.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian investigators must have active role in the MH17 Joint Investigation Team (JIT), says Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

He said Malaysia must be made a full member of the criminal investigation team, instead of being just a participant.

"We must first be included in the JIT, otherwise it would be hard for us to cooperate in the investigation.

"The parties inside the investigation must include us in the team, right now we are just a participant," he told reporters during a press conference at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation, here, earlier today.

When asked if he was appalled that Malaysia has been left out from the JIT, Khalid replied "Of course!"

Khalid said he and the Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail will leave for the Netherlands on Dec 3 to discuss on that matter with the investigations authorities there.

Meanwhile, on Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz's remarks that Sabah is unsafe for tourists, Khalid denied the minister's allegation.

He said the coastal areas under the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone is safe, and the police have taken all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of not only tourists visiting the area, but also the community residing there.