Prime Minister cum the Chairman of Pakatan Harapan, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad speaks during the Breakfast Session with Tanjung Piai NGOs in conjunction with the P.165 by-election campaign at Pekan Nanas, Pontian, Johor. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 14 NOVEMBER 2019 FAA ratings
Prime Minister cum the Chairman of Pakatan Harapan, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad speaks during the Breakfast Session with Tanjung Piai NGOs in conjunction with the P.165 by-election campaign at Pekan Nanas, Pontian, Johor. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 14 NOVEMBER 2019

By Kumara Sabapatty

PEKAN NANAS – Malaysia will demand for an explanation from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on its recent downgrade of Malaysia’s air safety rating.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said, the government will tackle the issue through discussion with the authorities in US.

“We want to know the reason for the downgrade, its effects and we will overcome it.

“It is important for us to know why it’s done so that we can improve and we want to know how the decision was made. We will find ways to rectify it,” he said in a news conference after the Breakfast Session with the non-government organisations (NGOs) at Tanjung Piai in conjunction with the by-election campaign.

Malaysia was downgraded to Category 2 from its previous Category 1 in the recent FAA ratings.

According to Dr. Mahathir, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport is among the 20 largest airports in the world and Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad was also entrusted to manage the Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, which manages 31  million passengers annually.

“Imagine, the airport is managed by our own people and we received the invitation from other renowned airports from several countries to manage its safety aspects and now, we’re being questioned by the United States of America.

“Besides that, our pilots are accepted by Indonesia, China and the Arabians and they are known as highly skilled people.

“Our people can work overseas, not as domestic workers but in professional fields such as pilots, engineers, architects and various professional and respected professions. Their wages are equivalent to the professionals in Europe,” he added. -MalaysiaGazette

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