LANGKAWI – Malaysia is capable of becoming a major aerospace nation through the Malaysian Aerospace Industry Action Plan 2030, but it calls for continuous and relentless efforts, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.
“It can be achieved, but it takes time and we need to become a developed country by 2020. If we were to compare ourselves with Singapore, they have the biggest air force in Asean.
“Singapore has sophisticated aircraft, but we took another road by mastering manufacturing technology,” he told reporters while visiting the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace 2015 (LIMA’ 15) exhibition here today.
Speaking when launching LIMA’15 yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the blueprint would set the pace for Malaysia to emerge as an aerospace nation, generating a revenue of RM32.5 billion from the industry by 2030.
On LIMA’15, Dr Mahathir said this year’s exhibition is the biggest since its inception with more than 100 aircraft taking part.
“What is interesting is that half of the exhibitors at LIMA’15 are local companies,” he said, adding that this is commendable as not a single local company took part in the exhibition at the outset.
He said the achievement was made possible with the people mastering the fields of electronics, aircraft control and high technology.
“We are upgrading our military technology not because we want to pick a fight against anybody. We are doing it because we do not want to be left behind,” he said. – BERNAMA