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LANGKAWI – Malaysia wants to collaborate with the other ASEAN member countries to reap the opportunities from the growth in the defence industry in the region which is projected to generate about US$100 billion by 2030.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today said that Malaysia has been producing a number of good components and would be willing to share its technology and knowledge with the other ASEAN members.

“ASEAN (countries) should not be regarded only as end users (in the defence industry) but should upgrade themselves to friendly collaboraters of industry system integrators,” he told reporters after attending the official opening of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2017 (LIMA ’17) by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak here.

He said the LIMA ’17 which attracted more than 500 exhibitors worldwide to Langkawi can be a stage for ASEAN members to explore further the opportunity for collaboration in the defence industry.

“We should not be left behind in the (development of the) defence industry. We want to go along to participate in the industry,” he added.

— BERNAMA

LANGKAWI – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today received courtesy calls from several foreign delegates on the sidelines of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA’17) exhibition, here.

Among them were United Kingdom’s Minister for Defence Procurement, Harriet Baldwin; Qatar’s Defence Minister, Dr Khalid Mohamed Al Attiyah; Singapore’s Second Minister of Transport Ng Chee Meng and Singapore’s Second Minister for Defence, Ong Ye Kung.

Also present during the courtesy calls were Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah.

Najib then spent nearly two hours visiting the aerospace segment of the LIMA’17 at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) here to see the trade exhibition on the opening day today.

A total of 555 exhibitors from 36 countries are participating in LIMA’17 which is expected to attract over 180,000 trade and public visitors from all over the world.

Earlier today, Najib officially opened LIMA’17 which will be held until March 25 at MIEC for the aerospace segment and at Resort World Langkawi for the maritime segment.

— BERNAMA

Alternative Road To Pantai Cenang To Open During LIMA'17

LANGKAWI – A two-lane road is being constructed as the alternative route to Pantai Cenang and will be opened temporarily from March 21 to prevent traffic congestion during the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace 2017 exhibition (LIMA ’17).

Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said the new road would only be opened for light vehicles from 8 am to midnight until the end of LIMA’17 on March 25.

The Pantai Cenang road is the closest route between the two exhibition venues for LIMA’17, namely the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) and the Tanjung Malai Resorts World.

“We want to ensure that there will not be any traffic congestion on the road between the two venues,” he told reporters after checking the Pantai Cenang area here today.

The road issue surfaced last year after motorists began to park their cars on both sides of the incomplete road project.

The menteri besar said the contractor involved was now working in penalty period for failing to complete the project on time.

Ahmad Bashah said the state government, through the State Economic Planning Unit, would discuss with the federal government on the next steps to be taken to ensure completion of the project.

“When it is completed, the whole area of Pantai Cenang will become more attractive to visitors,” he said. – BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA: The Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA ‘17) will return for its 14th edition from March 21 to 25 in 2017.

Army Chief Jen Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor said that the aerospace exhibition will be held at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) while Resort World Langkawi will be the venue for the maritime exhibition.

He made this announcement on Tuesday during the Eurosatory 2016 exhibition that was held in Paris.

“Presenting here today are Malaysia’s upcoming defence shows, LIMA ’17 is a dedicated maritime and aerospace exhibition for defence, civil and commercial applications and DSA 2018 is a dedicated tri-services and security exhibition and conference. Both LIMA ’17 and DSA 2018 comes together under the spirit of 1 Malaysia,” Jen Raja Mohamed Affandi said in a statement.

Held biennially since 1999, LIMA’17 is jointly-organised by the Malaysia Ministry of Defence and EN Projects (M) Sdn Bhd. For further information, visit the official LIMA website, www.limaexhibition.com or email [email protected] for any exhibition-related queries.

PULAU LANGKAWI: The Indonesian Air Force’s Jupiter Aerobatic Team will withdraw from participating in the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (Lima) 2015 Tuesday.

First Marshall Indra Yadi said his superior had ordered the team to withdraw from the biannual event following a mishap during the aerial display rehearsal here Sunday.

“The Indonesian Air Force will still be here for the event. Only the Jupiter Aerobatic Team will head back to Indonesia.

“Accidents can happen anywhere and anytime. This incident does not dampen our spirits in flying.

“We feel terribly sorry for the owner of the house that our plane landed on. It was something beyond our control,” he said when met at the Langkawi hospital Monday afternoon.

Indra was an observer from the Indonesian Air Force who flew with the pilot during the rehearsal.

Langkawi Hospital director Dr Mansor Ismail said Indra, Lt Col Arief Hartono, 44, Major Sri Raharjo, 37 and Major Muhaidi Syarif, 37, were allowed to be discharged Monday.

At around 2pm yesterday, two KT-1B Wong Bee aircraft belonging to the Jupiter Acrobatic Team of the Indonesian Air Force crashed in a fiery end after the two aircraft clipped wings during the aerial display rehearsals.

The two pilots and their two passengers managed to eject their seats before the crash.-The Star

LANGKAWI – Two Jupiter Aerobatic Team aircraft belonging to the Indonesian Air Force (AU-TNI) crashed during a practice session conjunction with the 2015 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA ’15) exhibition at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre(MIEC) here, Sunday.

A spokesman for the Langkawi Fire and Rescue Department said the accident occurred at 2.04 pm when six KT-1B aircraft were crossing the MIEC air space before two of them collided in the air.

The two aircraft were then seen crashing outside the airport area, followed by fire and smoke.

However, the fate of the two pilots is still unknown.

A witness, Husin Ahmad, 25, said one pilot managed to save himself by ejecting from his aircraft and activating his parachute.

“I was having lunch, when suddenly saw the two planes colliding at the tail end, emitting smoke, before they crashed.

“One of the pilots managed to bail out with a parachute,” he said.

Another witness, Zairi Halim, 35, said he was having lunch at home when his son came running to inform that there was an aircraft mishap a short distance away.

Another witness told BERNAMA that one of the ill-fated jets which crashed in Kedawang set a house there ablaze.

Firemen quickly doused the flames.

The Indonesian aerobatic team is one of five teams that are scheduled to put on airshows at LIMA’15 which will be held from March 17-21. – Bernama