Dr M: Lima helps M’sia soar

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 27 Mar 2019

Sky high: Royal Malaysian Air Force personnel performing an airshow during the launch of Lima. — Bernama

LANGKAWI: Langkawi Interna­tional Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (Lima) has helped Mal­aysia keep up with the catalytic and rapidly growing defence industry, says Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“Malaysia has gained prominence and is known as the leading maritime and aerospace exhibition in the Asia-Pacific area.

“As the MP for Langkawi, it is indeed with pride that I witness this edition of Lima still attracting international maritime and aerospace players and businesses from all

corners of the globe,” the Prime Minister said in his opening speech when launching Lima‘19 yester-


Themed “Defence and Commer­cial Connecting Intelligence”, the 15th edition of Lima is co-organised by EN Projects (M) Sdn Bhd, the Defence Ministry and the Transport­ation Ministry.

Dr Mahathir stressed that modern security threats required Mal­aysia and other countries to keep upgrading and modernising their strategic assets.

Under Budget 2019, the government has allocated RM5.9bil for

the security sector, which covers defence, public order and enforcement.

“We plan to make Malaysia

the leading aerospace nation in South-East Asia and an integral

part of the global market, whereby this was spelt out under the Malay­sia Aerospace Industry Blueprint 2030.

“A total of 19 key initiatives of

the blueprint have been imp­lemented by the National Aerospace Industry Coordinating Office, which saw positive develop­ments parti­cularly in the aerospace manu­facturing and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) business,” he said.

The premier also shared that Malaysia is globally known for its quality aerospace products manufactured for global aerospace leaders, with some of these products

to be showcased throughout Lima ‘19.

Dr Mahathir added that Malaysia should look at other opportunities in the industry, particularly in ship designing, parts and components manufacturing, system integration and other marine equipment production.

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