KUALA LUMPUR: Officers from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) have been despatched to Madagascar to check on suspected debris from MH370, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
A piece of debris believed to be from MH370 has been found in Madagascar and the DCA officers will be handling the debris from there.
"The DCA officers will identify the debris to see whether it belongs to MH370," Liow said at the launch of the Malaysia World Maritime Week 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here today.
"There is a standard operating procedure(SOP) in handling the debris. We have been contacted by the Madagascar authorities.
"The SOP is either we send our officers there or they will send the debris to us for identification.
"In view of this case, due to the alleged assassination of Malaysian Honorary Consul to Madagascar Zahid Houseinaly Reza who was facilitating the recovery of the debris found there, we have sent our officers there,"
He said this in response to a question by reporters on the ministry's next step after Zahid’s alleged assassination last month.
He said Zahid was not necessarily carrying the debris back to Malaysia.
He added, the police should be allowed to carry on with their investigation and urged the public not to speculate on the case.