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LANGKAWI: With an es­ti­mated 45,000 trade vis­i­tors and 555 ex­hibitors at the Langkawi In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime and Aerospace ex­hi­bi­tion 2017 (Lima 2017), the De­fence Min­istry and armed forces be­lieve the show to be a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein said yes­ter­day it was a relief for him, as the main min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for Lima 2017, that it had gone on smoothly and had been a suc­cess.

“The chal­lenges we faced were not easy (to get through), espe­cially tak­ing the eco­nomic un­cer­tain­ties of the times into con­sid­er­a­tion. It is en­cour­ag­ing to note the par­tic­i­pa­tion of many na­tions, which have told us that they now see Lima and Malaysia as a strate­gic lo­ca­tion.

“(It is en­cour­ag­ing that) bi­lat­eral dis­cus­sions with the min­is­ters of other coun­tries (went on smoothly) and this shows that they have faith in Malaysia’s lead­er­ship,” he said at his fi­nal press con­fer­ence for Lima 2017.

“I con­grat­u­late the two chiefs, of the navy and air force. What we saw over the past few days does not come easy,” he said, while also con­grat­u­lat­ing or­gan­is­ers EN Projects (M) Sdn Bhd.

Hisham­mud­din said, how­ever, things needed to move for­ward as the De­fence Ser­vices Asia ex­hi­bi­tion and con­fer­ence 2018 is just around the cor­ner.

He cited, as a mea­sure of the suc­cess of Lima and its aims, the South Korean aer­o­bat­ics team the Black Ea­gles, and the In­done­sian team Jupiter. The Black Ea­gles and Jupiter teams flew to­gether yes­ter­day, en­ter­ing the demon­stra­tion zone in “Big Ar­row” and “Delta” for­ma­tions, re­spec­tively. It was a first in Lima his­tory.

Turn­ing to two mem­bers of the Black Ea­gles team who were present at the press con­fer­ence, Hisham­mud­din said: “What you have done is a chal­lenge to all of us... now the Rus­sian Knights want to work with the Malaysian aer­o­bat­ics team. This is some­thing to cel­e­brate.”

De­fence Min­istry sec­re­tary­gen­eral Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rahim Mohd Radzi said, apart from the 45,000 or so trade vis­i­tors, the min­istry ex­pected some 70,000 vis­i­tors yes­ter­day and a sim­i­lar amount to­day. This, he said, ex­ceeded Lima 2015 in all as­pects.

Armed Forces chief Gen­eral Tan Sri Raja Mo­hamed Af­fandi Raja Mo­hamed Noor said he had spo­ken to the chiefs of the three ser­vices and all were of the same mind that the ex­hi­bi­tion was a suc­cess.


Vis­i­tors snap­ping away dur­ing a per­for­mance by South Korean aer­o­bat­ics team the Black Ea­gles at Lima 2017 yes­ter­day.

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