‘Ad­di­tional pur­chase of MAS air­craft gives pos­i­tive im­pact’

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KUALA LUMPUR: The gov­ern­ment’s sup­port for Malaysia Air­lines Bhd (MAB) in buy­ing 16 more air­craft from Boe­ing will see a pos­i­tive im­pact to the num­ber of tourists to the coun­try, saysTourism and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.

He said the re­cent deal over the pur­chase of 787 Dream­lin­ers and eight 737 MAX be­tween the Amer­i­can air­craft maker and MAB in Wash­ing­ton DC is ex­pected to see the re­in­state­ment of the pre­vi­ously closed in­ter­na­tional flight routes and at the same time, to en­sure the in­crease on the num­ber of tourists from Europe and the US.

“Do you know how dif­fi­cult it was when our na­tional car­rier had to stop fly­ing to Los An­ge­les, Am­s­ter­dam, Frankfurt, Stock­holm and so on?

Do you know how dif­fi­cult it was when our na­tional car­rier had to stop fly­ing to Los An­ge­les, Am­s­ter­dam, Frankfurt, Stock­holm and so on? — Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, Tourism and Cul­ture Min­is­ter

“What the Prime Min­is­ter (Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak) had an­nounced was timely be­cause Malaysia Air­lines needs to fly ev­ery­where, to bring more tourists to this coun­try,” he told re­porters after launch­ing the Kuala Lumpur and Se­lan­gor-level ‘Kere­tapi Sarong #SayangMalaysia’ pro­gramme here yes­ter­day.

Mo­hamed Nazri was com­ment­ing on Na­jib’s an­nounce­ment on the deal worth more than US$10 bil­lion (RM41.9 bil­lion) dur­ing the lat­ter’s work visit to the US re­cently.

Asked on the view by Pakatan Hara­pan chair­man Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad that the visit was not fruit­ful, he said it came as no sur­prise as the for­mer prime min­is­ter would al­ways have neg­a­tive per­cep­tions on any gov­ern­ment ef­fort.

“(It is) very sim­ple… the last time the prime min­is­ter went to China, he (Dr Ma­hathir) con­demned Na­jib by say­ing that (Malaysia) only wanted to do busi­ness with the Chi­nese. When Na­jib went to the US, it (looked like it) was wrong too. We don’t put all our eggs in one bas­ket,” added Mo­hamed Nazri. — Ber­nama

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