by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by TMR FILE
FINANCE Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz is expected to give further information on the issue of sale or lease of the Lapangan Terbang Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (LTSAAS) or Subang Airport.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (picture) said his party had held discussions with Tengku Zafrul following the many reports published on the issue.
Previously, on May 7, the Transport Ministry (MoT) issued a statement saying that the proposal to redevelop the LTSAAS was still in its infancy and any final decision would be made by the Cabinet.
The ministry added that it is customary for the market to submit proposal papers to the government through the relevant ministries to expand new or existing assets.
“I want to answer this clearly, please read the previous statement by MoT.
“Secondly, whatever the current status is, I have discussed it with the Finance Minister because many reports are quoted here and there. So, he himself will give an explanation soon,” Wee said in a press conference after visiting the Port Klang Transport (Maritime) sector vaccination centre (PPV) today.
Yesterday, the Group CEOs of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) and Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) presented a united front against the Subang Airport takeover proposal.
MAHB group CEO Datuk Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh and his counterpart at MAG, Captain Izham Ismail, have submitted a letter to MoT secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak dated April 24, pleading the government to let MAHB proceed with its “Subang Airport Regeneration” plan.
“Based on our arguments and to avoid potential negative implications, we recommend and plead to the Malaysian government to give a chance for MAHB to implement the ‘Subang Airport Regeneration’ as tabled to you and MoT not long ago.
“MAHB is ready and confident to execute the plan immediately after obtaining the approval from the Malaysian government compared to any other private companies that surely would take two to three years of regulatory processes and the Malaysian government procedures before development works could start,” the letter read.
MAHB chairman Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir in a statement today echoed that the group objects to any potential move to privatise and carve out Subang Airport, Selangor from its network of 39 airports in the country.
More parties have also come out to oppose the proposed takeover of operations at LTSAAS, citing the possible loss of Malaysia’s national aviation industry initiative into a commercial development on the strategic site.