Government to promote aerospace industry

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 18 Dec 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is committed to promoting the aerospace industry, including sectors catering to military and commercial needs, as reflected in the Mid-Term Review of the Eighth Malaysia Plan, said Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas. 

“Among the policy dimensions introduced in the review is the development of aerospace sub-sectors as a new source of economic growth for the nation,” he said. 

These activities included parts and components manufacturing, avionics, maintenance, repair and overhaul, training and development of human resources, he added. 

“In the general aviation sub-sector, the production of light aircraft and helicopters has potential niche markets in business, agriculture, pilot training, life saving, search and rescue, traffic control, aerial survey and recreational activities,” he said in his speech while launching the “Centenary of Aviation” exhibition at the National Science Centre here yesterday. 

The exhibition, which began on Dec 6, will be held for eight weeks.  

YOUTHFUL FASCINATION: Unggah looking at Fatin Amelia Abdullah, six at the opening ceremony of the exhibition at the National Science Centre in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday. With them is RMAF Museum director Mej Nazri Abdul Aziz.

Besides getting to view over 30 aviation exhibits and shows, visitors also stand to win two Malaysia Airlines tickets to London and two tickets for the Farnborough International Air Show in Britain next year by participating in a quiz. 

Uggah said efforts would be intensified to create a flying culture and to promote awareness of recreational aviation. 

The aerospace industry in Malaysia employs over 30,000 people, he said.  

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