PETALING JAYA: There is a need for an integrative civil aviation safety programme to be implemented at all levels of the industry, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The Transport Minister said this includes airlines, airport operators, air navigation service providers, MRO and other service providers.
"The State Safety Programme (SSP) aims to increase the overall safety of civil aviation in Malaysia according to standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)," he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Sept 13) after launching the SSP initiated by the Civil Aviation Authority Malaysia (CAAM) at the KL Traffic Control Centre in Sepang.
This, said Dr Wee, is in line with the growth and increasing complexity of our civil aviation industry.
"The SSP is also the main reference document for the government to meet its obligations as an ICAO member state.”
He said under the SSP, CAAM has prepared the policies, directives, procedures, management protocols, documentation processes and corrective actions that must be taken by these service providers according to safety and security standards as stipulated by ICAO.
"I urge all industry players and agencies to continue raising their compliance and commitment in the safety aspect as the aviation industry recovers after Covid-19.
"This is pertinent as we record a 574.6% growth in passenger traffic in the first five months of 2022 compared with the same period in 2021, and anticipate an overall increase of between 197 and 347% this year," added Dr Wee.
Also present were Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Henry Sum Agong, secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak, CAAM chairman Tan Sri Khairul Adib Abd Rahman, CAAM chief executive officer Datuk Capt Chester Voo and Malaysian Aviation Commission chief operating officer Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin.