M’sia and FAA to hold talks next week

Courtesy call: Dr Wee and McFeeters having a discussion at the Transport Ministry.

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

The Transport Minister said this was relayed to him by US Ambassador to Malaysia Brian McFeeters who paid a courtesy call on him yesterday.

“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 conveyed that the FAA was 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 FAA,” Dr Wee said in a Facebook post.

He said Malaysia will make every effort to be re-elected to the ICAO Council Part III for the coming term.

“McFeeters and I share the view that compliance to ICAO conventions must be upheld,” the minister added.

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

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

Also at the meeting were Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Henry Sum Agong and the embassy’s economic counsellor, Dave Williams, and economic officer Isaac Jenkins.

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