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Old July 22nd, 2009, 03:09 AM   #541
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S’pore air link good for Ipoh
Wednesday July 22, 2009

THE introduction of the Ipoh-Singapore flight has boosted efforts by the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board to promote Perak.

The board’s deputy director (I) Mazreena Mohd Yusof said Singaporeans preferred to visit Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands and Johor.

“But with the introduction of the flight, we can aggressively promote Perak, the East Coast and the northern region of the peninsular.”

Speaking to reporters after receiving visitors consisting of Perak state executive councillors and media representatives here last Wednesday, Mazreena said the board would work closely with Singapore tour agencies to promote Ipoh and Pangkor Island.

“Advertisements have been placed in Singapore media where tourists can book direct with agents for tours which interest them and the response had been good.

“Packages are created according to themes such as food or heritage trails and visitors can choose what they like,” she added.

Welcoming the direct flight, Mazreena said Singaporeans loved to eat Perak food and at the same time, it would also allow Perakians working in Singapore to return more often to the state.

The 80-minute Firefly flight between Ipoh and Singapore is available every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The service started on July 12.

It departs Ipoh at 4.45pm, arriving at the Changi budget terminal at 6.05pm.

From Singapore, the 72-seater aircraft takes off at 2.50pm and lands at the Sultan Azlan Shah airport in Ipoh at 4.10pm.
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Penang targets domestic and regional markets to lift tourism
Wednesday July 22, 2009
By DAVID TAN

GEORGE TOWN: Penang’s tourism industry is eyeing the domestic and regional markets during this economically challenging period.

The regional focus was because this part of the world was experiencing faster economic recovery than Europe and the United States, said Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta, Penang Chapter) chairman T.H. Lim.

“This is why it will take longer to pull in long haul tourists. The focus is on Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Macau and Taipei – places with good flight connections to Penang,” he told StarBiz.

Lim added that the economic crisis and the influenza A (H1N1) outbreak had resulted in a drop in tourists from the Middle East.

The holiday season in the Middle East started last month but the volume of visitors from this market had declined at least 20% compared with a year ago, he said. “Overall, there was at least a 30% drop in tourist arrivals from January to June this year, compared with last year’s corresponding period,” he said.

Lim said starting September, Matta (Penang Chapter) would take part in roadshows organised by Penang Global Tourism Sdn Bhd and Tourism Malaysia to promote Penang in Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Macau and Taipei.

There were 176 travel agents in Penang, of which some 30% specialised in in-bound business and 70% in out-bound business, he said.

Meanwhile, the Association of Tourism Attractions Penang chairman Eddy Low said the tourism industry in Penang was experiencing a slowdown as domestic tourism boomed in North America, the Middle East and Africa.

“In Canada, for example, there is a surge in domestic tourism, while all over the world there is an 8% drop in tourism.

“There is about an 18% contraction in the number of Middle Eastern tourists worldwide because they are increasingly turning to domestic travel,” he said.

Low said it was high time for Malaysia to aggressively promote domestic tourism.

“The authorities need to look at improving the travelling connections to tourist hotspots. We need to upgrade, for example, our train services. In other countries, the train is a popular mode of transportation for sight-seeing.

“In Malaysia, the train is used only when there are no other choices. As a result, train stations and services are not attractive enough,” he said.

On Penang’s attractions, Low said the state needed well-themed shopping districts, focusing on specialised local products and old trades.

“There should be districts that specialise in nyonya crafts, biscuit making and furniture making.

“We should also look into making Penang a hub for international weddings. It has the scenery, bridal houses and the ambience for honeymooners.

“Furthermore, all supporting legal documents for international marriages can be obtained locally.

“A host of small and medium industries, ranging from hospitality to costume jewellery will stand to benefit from international weddings conducted in Penang,” he said.
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Batavia Air plans Jakarta-Penang direct flights
Wednesday July 22, 2009

JAKARTA-based airline, Batavia Air, plans to introduce direct flights between the Indonesian capital and Penang this September.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said details have yet to be finalised and the company was still in talks with Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd (MAHB) (5014).

"Once realised, the move is set to benefit Penang's tourism landscape in particular, and Malaysia in general," he told reporters after a briefing session with MAHB at the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas, Penang, yesterday.

Batavia Air is set to be the third low-cost carrier to have direct flights to Penang this year.
Two other carriers, Jetstar and Tiger Airways, have separately introduced direct flights between Singapore and Penang respectively.

So far, at least 15 airlines are operating at the airport here.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rahim said the first phase of the airport expansion, at a cost of RM250 million and expected to be completed by 2010, would be able to accommodate more passengers.

The airport aims to handle at least 15 million passengers a year from 2016 when the second phase of the airport expansion is done.

The expansion works include upgrading the passenger terminal, constructing a new multi-storey carpark and the upgrading of security system.

Last year, the airport handled 3.4 million passengers, 193,000 metric tonnes of cargoes and 39,798 flights.
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Malaysia to work with Wuhan to promote tourism
Thursday July 23, 2009

WUHAN (China): Malaysia and Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, have agreed to expand cooperation in the field of tourism and plan to have direct flights, Malaysian Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said here yesterday.

She said Wuhan was recognised as the cultural centre of central China, but its geographical position restricted travel.

“However, tourism between Malaysia and Wuhan can be accelerated with the opening of direct flights,” Dr Ng told reporters after meeting with Chinese travel agencies.

Ng said Wuhan, with a population of about eight million, was a potential tourism market, and expressed hope that Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia would cooperate with Chinese travel agencies here. — Bernama
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MAS to fly to Tawau, Sandakan twice daily
Published: 2009/07/24

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will increase flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau and Sandakan to twice daily,effective September 16.

MAS Senior General Manager, Network and Revenue Management, Dr Amin Khan said Tawau and Sandakan are both popular destinations for business and tourism with loads of above 75 per cent.

"In tandem, with popular demand, we are pleased to increase the frequency to strengthen business ties between west and east Malaysia while promoting these two destinations to local and foreign tourists," he said in a statement in Kuala Lumpur today.

He said Tawau is a popular stopover for divers before heading off to Sipadan while many Australians travel to Sandakan, especially to the War Memorial Park there.

"Demand for domestic travel has increased 15 per cent over the past couple of months due to the highly competitive fares on offer," he stated.

Bookings for flights to Tawau and Sandakan are now open at www.malaysiaairlines.com. -- BERNAMA
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Animal Hotel to be hub for live animal transshipment
By Ghaz Ghazali

KUCHING: Animal Hotel, a division of Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), is poised to become a major international hub for the transshipment of live animals via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Established coincidentally with the commencement of KLIA operations in 1998, Animal Hotel initially catered for inbound animal transshipment for staging and delivery.

By the middle of 2004, the facility had developed into a 24-hour One-Stop Centre in which all transshipment activities and services were operating under one roof.

Further development ensued with the upgrading of the facility in 2006, moving it towards a stronger standing in a market that is relatively new.

Boasting a spacious 52,142 square feet, Animal Hotel offers numerous 24-hour facilities and services that include stables, paddocks, kennels, catteries and special storage to accommodate sensitive animals such as certain species of reptiles, insects and laboratory animals.

In particular, one key feature that sets Animal Hotel apart from other similar services in the world is its six-star rated hotel facilities for pets and premium live animals.

MASkargo commercial support manager Muhamad Khairul Mohd Noor, who manages Animal Hotel, said the facility offers a wide variety of commercial hotel services to pets transited or checked-in into the facilities.

“These services include on-call veterinarian assistance, bathing, blow drying, de-ticking, professional grooming and luxury spa treatment hydrotherapy services for pets as well as a roomy play area for dogs and other animals.

“Cats and dogs are regular guests here. In our Pet-Stay In Programme, pick-up services are available to and from the passengers terminals, at both the main terminal building and low-cost carrier terminal,” he said.

Being the only animal hotel operating in Asia, and one of three such facilities in the world aside from Amsterdam and London, Animal Hotel provides a wide variety of commercial hotel services to pets transited or checked-in into the facility.

As such, the facility maintains stringent standards in catering for the needs of both pets and their owners, adhering to the strict ISO 14001: 2004 certification awarded in 2004. In addition, all staff are accredited under numerous globally recognised certifications including the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animals Regulations and Horse Management and Grooming O-Level.

Animal Hotel’s range of transshipment and transit services cover all types of animals, from ordinary house pets such as cats and dogs to premium specimens like thoroughbred horses, giraffes, elephants, penguins, sharks and rhinoceros, as well as transfers for zoological animals. These services are some of many regular operations, but the facility has the capability to undertake far more delicate cargo that presents a number of logistical challenges.

Last year, Animal Hotel was involved in the transportation of close to 100 thoroughbred horses into Terengganu, for the FEI (International Federation of Equestrian Sports) World Endurance Championship.

With its adherence to stringent international standards and highly skilled professionals, Animal Hotel certainly has the technical and professional capabilities to handle even the most sensitive of animals.

For more information go to www.maskargo.com/animalhotel.
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AirAsia adds second flight to Trichy
Published: 2009/07/27

Low-cost carrier AirAsia Bhd will increase its highly popular KL-Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) route to two direct daily flights from September 1.

In a statement today, the carrier said to celebrate the introduction of the second KL-Trichy frequency, it is offering an all-in-fare from RM129.00.

The booking period for the second frequency will be from July 28 - August 2, 2009 for the travel period of September 1, 2009 - April 30, 2010. -- Bernama
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MAS passenger numbers back to pre-crisis levels
By Azlan Abu Bakar Published: 2009/07/29

MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS)(3786) said passenger numbers have returned to pre-crisis levels, thanks to various initiatives initiated to stimulate demand.

The national carrier's systemwide seat load factor, a key indicator of operations, in June and July this year have increased to 67 per cent and 76 per cent respectively, after seeing a drop in the first quarter of 2009 at 56 per cent.

Its load factor was at 70 per cent in the same period last year, despite having to contend with reduced capacity on certain routes and higher fuel surcharges.

MAS managing director Datuk Seri Idris Jala said the airline's various initiatives such as cost-cutting and innovations like the "Everyday Low Fares" programme were essential to ensure sustainable operations, given the current economic crisis and fears of the influenza A (H1N1) virus.
"We have undertaken aggressive plans to attract people to fly with MAS and as a result, we saw an increase in passenger load factor for June and July this year," he told reporters after the launch of the airline's latest initiative called "Asean Pass" in Subang, Selangor, yesterday.

Present to launch the product was Tourism Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Ong Hong Peng, accompanied by MAS chairman Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid.

"It's a challenging time for the aviation industry right now because we have never experienced an economic crisis and flu outbreak at the same time. We must stay focused," Idris said.

He added that the recent bombing in Jakarta has not had an impact on its flights to Indonesia.

On the Asean Pass, Idris said since the product's introduction in June, some 5,000 seats valued at a total of RM1.2 million have been sold.

"We are targeting to sell about 15,000 seats by year-end," he said.

The Asean Pass is a set of four prepaid ticket vouchers that enables passengers to travel on a maximum of four flights within Asean countries for US$229 (RM806) on an economy class and US$729 (RM2,566) on a business class.

The tickets can be purchased through MAS' ticketing agents in Asean countries. However, the condition is that travellers must fly to/from Kuala Lumpur first before flying to other countries within the Asean region.

"The idea is to get more people to come to Kuala Lumpur before flying to other destinations in the region," Idris said.

As for Malaysians, he said, travellers can take advantage of the Asean Pass and the "Everyday Low Fares" packages by MAS.

In 2008, tourist arrivals from Asean totalled 16.6 million, up 6.5 per cent from 15.6 million in 2007. It contributed RM32.9 billion in tourist receipts.
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MAS introduces ‘Asean Pass’
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009



Tan Sri Munir Majid (second left) with Datuk Seri Idris Jala and Ministry of
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SUBANG: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has introduced its ‘Asean Pass’ – a set of four prepaid ticket vouchers offering greater value, flexibility and more connectivity within Asean for as little as US$229.

At the launching yesterday, Tourism Ministry secretary general Datuk Dr Ong Hong Peng congratulated MAS for their commitment in developing innovative products to stimulate travel into Malaysia.

“Rapid economic recovery in the Asean countries has increased the level of discretionary income, creating a viable market for tourism within the region. Today, more than ever before, there are people in the Asean countries who can afford to travel, at least, within the region,” said Ong, who represented Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen.

MAS chairman Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid said the national carrier decided to develop the Asean Pass based on positive growth in the region.

“In line with the Ministry of Tourism’s efforts to promote intra-Asean tourism, Malaysia Airlines has taken an innovative approach to support this initiative by developing the Asean Pass. This is expected to stimulate and motivate the market even more on top of our recent campaigns and promotions.

“It offers passengers the best value deal for travel on a maximum of four flights within Asean countries for only US$229 on economy class and US$729 on business class,” he said.

He also revealed that there were enhancements made to the menu served on Asean flights based on feedback from passenger surveys conducted within the sector.

MAS has also enhanced their Asean menu on board MAS flights by increasing the quantity and the quality of the product offerings and popular local dishes such as nasi biryani, satay and fried rice, nasi lemak, roti canai, murtabak will soon be introduced in this region.

These meals will be served in biodegradable mealboxes for short-haul flights on Economy class.

These will be used on a staggered basis beginning with flights operating from Kuala Lumpur.

“This is in line with Malaysia Airlines’ Business Transformation Plan (BTP2) and the national carrier’s call to Serve Customers, Make Money and Save Money.

“In Serving Customers, we press on with our vision to be the World’s Five Star Value Carrier anchored on our customer value proposition of MH=Malaysian Hospitality. In Serving Customers, we continuously strive to delight our passengers, providing them 5-Star service at affordable fares,” said Munir.

The Asean Pass is available through MAS’ ticketing offices and appointed travel agents both in Malaysia and in Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam.

The validity period is three months from the date of purchase with confirmation on the first outbound sector. Subsequent sectors can open dated.
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Tiger Airways to start Langkawi route Sunday
Published: 2009/07/31

Singapore's Tiger Airways will be fourth airline to operate direct flights from Singapore to Langkawi when its service begins this Sunday.

Langkawi Tourism Action Council facilities and services manager Suziana Wan Othman said Tiger Airways will be the second airline from Singapore to have direct flights from the republic.

"Before this, we have three airlines operating the Singapore-Langkawi route, which are AirAsia, Silk Air (Singapore) and Malaysia Airlines," she said in Langkawi today.

The first Tiger Airways flight is scheduled to arrive at the Langkawi International Airport at 1.55pm on Sunday, Suziana said.

She said the airline will be using the Airbus A320 with capacity for 180 passengers and the flights are scheduled four times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. -- Bernama
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KUCHING: Animal Hotel, a division of Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), is poised to become a major international hub for the transshipment of live animals via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Established coincidentally with the commencement of KLIA operations in 1998, Animal Hotel initially catered for inbound animal transshipment for staging and delivery.

By the middle of 2004, the facility had developed into a 24-hour One-Stop Centre in which all transshipment activities and services were operating under one roof.

Further development ensued with the upgrading of the facility in 2006, moving it towards a stronger standing in a market that is relatively new.

Boasting a spacious 52,142 square feet, Animal Hotel offers numerous 24-hour facilities and services that include stables, paddocks, kennels, catteries and special storage to accommodate sensitive animals such as certain species of reptiles, insects and laboratory animals.

In particular, one key feature that sets Animal Hotel apart from other similar services in the world is its six-star rated hotel facilities for pets and premium live animals.

MASkargo commercial support manager Muhamad Khairul Mohd Noor, who manages Animal Hotel, said the facility offers a wide variety of commercial hotel services to pets transited or checked-in into the facilities.

“These services include on-call veterinarian assistance, bathing, blow drying, de-ticking, professional grooming and luxury spa treatment hydrotherapy services for pets as well as a roomy play area for dogs and other animals.

“Cats and dogs are regular guests here. In our Pet-Stay In Programme, pick-up services are available to and from the passengers terminals, at both the main terminal building and low-cost carrier terminal,” he said.

Being the only animal hotel operating in Asia, and one of three such facilities in the world aside from Amsterdam and London, Animal Hotel provides a wide variety of commercial hotel services to pets transited or checked-in into the facility.

As such, the facility maintains stringent standards in catering for the needs of both pets and their owners, adhering to the strict ISO 14001: 2004 certification awarded in 2004. In addition, all staff are accredited under numerous globally recognised certifications including the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animals Regulations and Horse Management and Grooming O-Level.

Animal Hotel’s range of transshipment and transit services cover all types of animals, from ordinary house pets such as cats and dogs to premium specimens like thoroughbred horses, giraffes, elephants, penguins, sharks and rhinoceros, as well as transfers for zoological animals. These services are some of many regular operations, but the facility has the capability to undertake far more delicate cargo that presents a number of logistical challenges.

Last year, Animal Hotel was involved in the transportation of close to 100 thoroughbred horses into Terengganu, for the FEI (International Federation of Equestrian Sports) World Endurance Championship.

With its adherence to stringent international standards and highly skilled professionals, Animal Hotel certainly has the technical and professional capabilities to handle even the most sensitive of animals.

For more information go to www.maskargo.com/animalhotel.
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Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn. Bhd., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines specializing in air cargo transportation worldwide, including carriage of live animals. MASkargo Animal Hotel is located at Malaysia Airlines Cargo Complex, Advanced Cargo Centre, Free Commercial Zone, KLIA, Sepang.

In order to provide excellent service to our customers and take good care of the environment, MASkargo shall:

- Consistently meet or exceed Malaysian environmental laws, regulations and other requirements.
- Provide comfortable/appropriate/safe accommodation for live animals.
- Maintain clean and hygienic environment for the comfort of live animals under our care.
- Handling of live animals with extra care in line with animal rights and welfare practices.
- Conduct resource conservation and waste management.
- Strive for continual improvements and commitment for prevention of pollution of our environment by adopting ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.

We shall ensure the system is consistently implemented by providing appropriate training and education to all Animal Hotel staff.

Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn. Bhd. will make available to the employees, customers, suppliers and the public relevant information to enable them to understand and share our environmentally-conscious commitment.
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Jetstar To Start Singapore-Langkawi Flights
August 02, 2009 20:26 PM

LANGKAWI, Aug 2 (Bernama) -- Jetstar is scheduled to launch flights between Singapore and Langkawi in October, Kedah Tourism Action Council chairman Datuk Othman Aziz said Sunday.

"We are confident the flights will bring more Singapore tourists and other tourists passing through Singapore to Langkawi," he told reporters after the first Tiger Airways flight from Singapore flew in here with 142 passengers at 1.55pm.

Tiger Airways will have one flight a day to Langkawi, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Langkawi is its fourth destination in Malaysia, after Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

Othman said Tiger Airways was the fourth airline to operate flights between Singapore and Langkawi, besides Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Silk Air.

Meanwhile, Tourism Malaysia deputy director-general (marketing) Datuk Amiruddin Abu, who was also present to greet the Tiger Airways passengers, said more tourists from China were expected to visit Langkawi with the availability of chartered flights from Guangzhou to Langkawi for a one-year period from Aug 4.

He said China Southern Airlines would operate the chartered flights to Langkawi and was expected to bring 17,264 tourists during the one-year period.

A tour agency was offering holiday packages in Langkawi for these tourists, he added.

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KL to continue subsidising rural air services
Thursday, August 6th, 2009

KUCHING: The federal government will continue to give subsidies to Malaysia Airlines’ (MAS) subsidiary, MASwings to provide rural air services (RAS) to the remote and interior parts of Sarawak.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said yesterday this was the commitment of the government, and the social responsibility of the national carrier, to ensure remote areas such as Bario and Ba Kelalan had air link to other parts of the state.

He said RAS had already proven to be successful in elevating the socio-economy of the people living in those places.

“This is in line with our commitment to the 1Malaysia concept (of the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s administration), and we don’t want Malaysians to be deprived of the fruits of development and better infrastructure and facilities,” he told reporters here.

When asked about the impending cancellation of AirAsia’s direct flight between Sibu and Kota Kinabalu, Rahim said he did not have the authority to comment on it.

It was reported last Saturday that AirAsia is to terminate the route on Oct 25 this year.

The low-cost carrier is currently flying daily from Sibu to Kota Kinabalu using the Airbus A380 aircraft which has a capacity for 180 passengers.

AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes indicated, when contacted by The Borneo Post, that his company was being forced out of the route.

Asked why, he replied: “Because MAS protested. Only MASwings can do it.”

An AirAsia spokesman also revealed that the route was listed as a rural route and only one airline can provide the service.

Rahim had earlier paid a courtesy call on Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu at the latter’s office at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here.

Both Rahim and Jabu also discussed the gist of the proposal for projects by Sarawak to be submitted to the Transport Ministry for the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP).

State Road Safety Department director Rano Alywino Akat, Infrastructure Development and Communication Ministry principal assistant secretary William Jinep and Rahim’s principal political secretary Mohd Sairin Mohd Ibrahim were also present during the discussion.

Rahim said the projects for Sarawak under the ministry under the 10MP would focus on upgrading the facilities at the ports and airports as well as improving the safety aspects of the roads in the state.

“Both the federal and state agencies will work closely to increase road safety awareness in Sarawak,” he added.

Jabu, who is Sarawak Road Safety Council chairman, meanwhile, said he was worried about the rising cases of road fatalities involving the young.

He said the growing number of road fatalities involving the young was due to their ignorance to road etiquette such as not wearing safety helmets and belts, and driving or riding haphazardly.

With Sarawak expected to have more roads under the RM4 billion allocation announced by Najib for more rural roads in East Malaysia, he said there needed to be more awareness campaigns on road safety for the youngsters.

“With a lot more roads, come a lot more responsibilities (in keeping the accidents rate down),” he said.

Rahim had earlier said there were more than 6,900 deaths, and a daily average of 35 victims losing their limbs in road accidents last year throughout Malaysia, including Sarawak.
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Ong to study MASWings’ rights over KK-Sibu route
August 10th, 2009, 10:41 AM

KOTA KINABALU: The Transport Ministry will study the details of an agreement with MASWings on its exclusive rights on rural air service to ply between Kota Kinabalu and Sibu.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said it had to study the agreement carefully before deciding whether to allow AirAsia to continue operating its Kota Kinabalu-Sibu route after Oct 25.

Ong said Kota Kinabalu Foo Chow Association committee members and Sibu Chinese Chambers of Commerce representatives had raised the matter of stopping AirAsia flights in the sector at a meeting with him here on Saturday.

“I will be looking into the delicate points contained in the agreement, not just for one sector. The people’s voice must be given due attention.

“I hope to come out with some subsequent announcements,” he added.

It is understood that MASWings, which operates the rural air service, has exclusive rights to the Kota Kinabalu-Sibu sector and has protested over AirAsia providing flights since May this year.

AirAsia will cease to operate the route from Oct 25.

On whether MCA had decided on its candidate for a vacant senator’s post, Ong said he had received several recommendations, including from Sabah MCA chairman Datuk Edward Khoo.

However, he said any decision would be made by the MCA central committee.
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