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Aviation Panel To Be Formed Under 11th Malaysia Plan

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KUALA LUMPUR: An independent, professional group of aviation experts will be picked to form the Malaysian Aviation Commission under the 11th Malaysia Plan.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said priority would be given towards expanding the industry under the 11MP.

“The commission will help the ministry to plan ahead with a bigger capacity to serve the nation. It will also enable us to protect consumers,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

The Aviation Commission Bill was passed in Parliament earlier this year.

Liow said the commission would be set up as soon as the Bill was gazetted.

Asked about the make-up of the commission, Liow said the Prime Minister would appoint the chairman and the ministry would pick six people as members.

“The commission will have a wide range of responsibilities, as it covers airline licensing, allocation of routes, airport taxes, ground handling and consumer protection, among others.

“As such, we need a very independent, professional group. We will announce details about these later,” he said.

Liow, however, dismissed rumours that Malaysia Airports adviser Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad had been chosen as chairman for the commission.

He said the commission would help Malaysia become the preferred logistics gateway to Asia and improve the country’s ranking in the World Bank’s logistics Performance Index.

Liow said Malaysia had targeted an annual growth of 8.5% for the transport and storage sub-sector and with the potential to create 146,000 high-skilled jobs.

He said to achieve this the ministry would form a dedicated logistics division to accelerate the sector.

Liow said key strategies included strengthening the regulatory framework of the National Logistics Task Force (NLTF).

The task force is vital as it is empowered to implement the National Logistics and Trade Facilitation Master Plan.

On the 11MP announcements for the Chinese community, Liow, who is also MCA president, said he was pleased to note that emphasis would be given to low-income households.

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