By CHLOE LIM
KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau lauded MASwings hard work and aggressiveness in providing efficient air transportation in Sabah and Sarawak, especially in serving the Rural Area Services (RAS) routes.
To ensure that its operations are well-maintained, MASwings has inked an agreement with ST Engineering Aerospace System as part of its initiatives to support and enhance the tourism in Sabah and Sarawak specifically and in Malaysia generally.
“Through this agreement, ST Engineering will provide MASwings ATR72 aircraft a loan landing gear unit whilst the original unit is being removed and sent to Singapore Overhaul Facility,” said Madius, who is Sabah Deputy Chief Minister.
“I am confident by having this cordial agreement between MASwings and ST Engineering Singapore, it will eventually pave way for bigger collaboration venture between ST Engineering and our very own KKIP Aerospace in supporting the future MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) ecosystem in Sabah.”
Madius who is also Sabah Minister of Trade and Industry said this in his speech during the Agreement Signing Ceremony at The Pacific Sutera here, on Thursday.
“I hope this will be an opportunity for ST Engineering Group to invest in Sabah through our KKIP Aerospace.
“If it happens, it will be expended to three main subjects which cover the employment rate in Sabah, transferring of technology from ST Engineering to KKIP Aerospace, and a possible increase in Sabah’s economy,” he added.
Madius also expressed his hope that KKIP Aerospace would become the next MRO provider in the state, which will benefit many others.
“It is Sabah’s greatest hope and wish that this mutual working relationship will continue to sustain and benefit everyone beyond the tourism industry,” he said.