Malaysia, US aviation authorities to discuss country's air safety rating, says Dr Wee

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be having a discussion on Malaysia’s air safety rating next week, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

Information pertaining to the meeting was relayed by US Ambassador to Malaysia Brian David McFeeters who made a courtesy call on Dr Wee at his office on Wednesday (Sept 21).

“We had a fruitful meeting to discuss several transport-related issues, ahead of the 41st International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) General Assembly which will be held in Montreal next week.

“Ambassador McFeeters had conveyed that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is keen to meet with Malaysia on the sidelines of the ICAO general assembly to discuss Malaysia’s air safety rating.

“We look forward to a progressive meeting with the FAA,” he said on Facebook.

Dr Wee said Malaysia would be making all efforts to be re-elected to the ICAO Council Part III for the coming term.

“McFeeters and I share the same views that the compliance to ICAO conventions must be upheld,” he added.

Dr Wee said they also discussed other issues pertaining to electric vehicles, East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) projects, ports development and cabotage policy.

“I am happy to receive feedback from the US Embassy in Malaysia that it had not received any complaints regarding our maritime cabotage policy,” he said.

Also present during the courtesy call were Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Henry Sum Agong, Economic Counsellor of the US Embassy Dave Williams and Economic Officer of the US Embassy Isaac Jenkins.

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