"The travelled from Teheran to Doha to Phuket on their own passports, after which they obtained the Italian and Austrian passports and entered Malaysia," Ahmad Zahid said.
He also said police had questioned two Immigration officers who had processed the two Iranians' entry into the country in addition to the two officers who stamped their passports before they left on MH370.
He said details of the investigations would be revealed later.
The minister was replying to Datuk Mahfuz Omar (Pas-Pokok Sena) who asked if the two had entered the country as foreign students.
Police identified the Iranians as Delavar Seyed Mohammadreza, 29, and Pouri Nourmohammadi, 19.
However, Interpol secretary-general Ronald Noble had said on the missing Malaysian Airlines jet: "The more information we get, the more we are inclined to conclude it is not a terrorist incident".
Earlier, the minister, in responding to a question by Datuk Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir (BN-Kulim Bandar Baharu) on the influx of foreign students in the country and their involvement in crime, had agreed that that was the case.
He said the most problematic foreign students were those from Nigeria, adding that they were not only a problem in Malaysia but also in neigbouring countries where they were involved in underworld activities in Thailand and Japan. – March 17, 2014.