Malaysia seeks 6th term in ICAO Council

Game plan: Dr Wee speaking at a reception hosted by the Malaysian delegation in Montreal, Canada.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has played an active role in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council since being elected into it in 2007, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

The Transport Minister said he hoped Malaysia would continue its active participation in ICAO programmes and initiatives.

“In efforts to seek re-election for a sixth term to Part III of the Council, the Malaysian delegation hosted a reception at the Evo Hotel in Montreal, Canada.

“This was to lobby for votes from ICAO member states for the elections which are scheduled to be held on Oct 4,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday.

He appealed for support from ICAO member states for Malaysia.

In his speech, Dr Wee congratulated ICAO member states who had won the elections to secure their spots in Part I and Part II of the Council.

“I also shared the good news of Malaysia being reinstated into Category 1 of the International Aviation Safety Assessment safety rating,” he said.

Last Friday, Dr Wee announced that the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had restored the Category 1 status to the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM).

FAA’s assessment covers CAAM’s role as an aviation regulator.

It is not an assessment of Malaysian airlines or airports.

For almost three years, it was in Category 2, which meant that airlines licensed by CAAM were not able to add new routes to the US market.

On the reception, Dr Wee said he was pleased to see guests from different member states joining in the fun and enjoying Malaysian hospitality.

“There was also a teh tarik demonstration and dance performance by cabin crew members from Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia.

“We hosted our guests to a range of Malaysian delicacies, including nasi lemak, satay, mee goreng, roti canai, cendol and roti jala,” he said.

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