Malaysia committed to recovery of global aviation after pandemic, says Dr Wee

19/5/2022 11:52:00 AM

Malaysia committed to recovery of global aviation after pandemic, says Dr Wee

Malaysia committed to recovery of global aviation after pandemic, says Dr Wee

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is committed to seeing a sustainable and holistic recovery of global aviation after the pandemic, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

"We are now in the transition to the endemic phase of Covid-19 and we have the same goals to see countries worldwide recover economically and reopen their international borders," said the Transport Minister on his Facebook after receiving a courtesy visit from International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) president Salvatore Sciacchitano and his delegation at the ministry in Putrajaya on Thursday (May 19).Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong clarified that the Indonesian Consulate-General's claims on cabotage policy governing trade vessels between Malaysia and Indonesia had been inaccurate.PETALING JAYA: The aviation industry's recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic was among the issues discussed by Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong ( pic ) and Singapore Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakarishnan at a breakfast meeting Thursday (May 19).During a courtesy call to the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), the Transport Minister said such individuals must be equipped with technical qualifications and the social responsibility to create a safer and sustainable environment for the people.

The delegation, who arrived on Thursday, will be here until May 21 before continuing their working tour of the region.Dr Wee said he and Sciacchitano took the opportunity to exchange notes on issues of importance including Malaysia's efforts and development in managing the country's airspace in relation to Indonesia and Singapore, which will be presented to ICAO soon."Comments appearing in the Daily Express broadsheet and later reproduced by other online media quotes Muhammad as saying that “trade conducted off Tawau’s waters and Kalimantan, Indonesia, is currently done with wooden hull ships and smaller vessels, which were not recognised under the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) regulations."I expressed our commitment to supporting ICAO's efforts to develop global aviation safely and sustainability."It was a fruitful one hour session and we will hold more talks to further contribute to strengthening the bilateral relationship between Malaysia and Singapore," added the MCA president."We also reiterated our aspiration to be re-elected to the 2022-2025 term of Part lll of the ICAO Council as Malaysia has always been committed to its role to help return aviation to a stable, sustainable and competitive industry alongside other member states," he added."This is a misleading statement by Muhammad, who had mistakenly attributed the issue to Malaysia’s cabotage policy, as it relates instead to non-convention vessels from Indonesia," said Dr Wee in a statement on Thursday (May 19).The re-election to ICAO will be held in Montreal, Canada, during the 41st ICAO assembly from Sept 27 to Oct 14."The technical challenges in carrying out this project make the site visit a greater learning experience," he said.

The delegation also included the organisation's Asia-Pacific director Ma Tao.Dr Wee also explained that the cabotage policy is regulated under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 (MSO 1952) and not under IMO’s regulation as mentioned.Also present were Transport Ministry deputy secretary-general (policy) Normah Osman, Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk Capt Chester Voo, Malaysia's permanent ICAO representative Flora Chin Lee Sa and Malaysian Aviation Commission chief operating officer Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin.Article type: free."Secondly, Muhammad’s comments relate to trade 'currently done with wooden hull ships and smaller vessels' which weigh less than 15 tonnes and are therefore not subject to the cabotage policy in Malaysia which requires all vessels involved in domestic shipping to have a valid Domestic Shipping License (DSL).

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