RMAF has enough pilots, says Abdullah


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 24 Mar 2009

THE Defence Ministry spent RM280mil last year and RM225mil in 2007 to carry out maintenance work on RMAF aircraft, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

He told Lim Lip Eng (DAP – Segambut) in a written reply that the RMAF had enough pilots and crewmen to fly the various aircraft operated by the force.

Abdullah said the RMAF had 74 pilots trained to fly 19 Hawk fighter jets in the RMAF inventory, 40 pilots for 16 MiG-29 fighter jets and 32 pilots to fly eight F/A-18D jets.

“Six of the seven pilots allocated to fly the latest Sukhoi SU-30MKM fighter aircraft are still undergoing various training programmes,” he added.

To another written question, Abdullah said the Defence Ministry had been allocated RM10.65bil for the ministry’s management and operational budget for this year

A total of RM4.25bil or 40% of the allocation were used to finance emolument payments for the ministry staff, he said.

In an unrelated matter, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar told Wee Choo Keong (PKR – Wangsa Maju) that the Immigration Department arrested 42 illegal immigrants during an operation in the Jalan Petaling area last year.

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