Sunday, 7 May 2017

(NST) Musa: Najib's presence at Sandakan airport runway launch proof of promises kept

SANDAKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's presence at the Sandakan airport to launch a runway extension project today is proof that he keeps his promises.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, in his speech, said Najib's presence at the event showed that country's top leadership is committed to serving the people and bring progress to the district.

"The prime minister had in December 16, 2012 visited Sandakan and found that the airport terminal building was in a dilapidated state and in need of upgrading work.

"At that time, the prime minister gave his commitment and promise to the people here that it would be done. The next year, the upgrading work was carried out and finally completed in 2014," he said.

"As a result of that, the airport now has a new image and design, as well as air-conditioning for the comfort of visitors," said Musa, who said this was characteristic of a leader who listens to the pulse of the people.

Also present at the event was Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and several state cabinet ministers.

On his last visit to Sandakan on March 3, Najib had announced that the Sandakan airport runway to be extended so larger aircraft could land. He had promised to return for its launch.

This extension will be able to accommodate bigger aircraft like the Airbus 320 and Boeing 737, enabling direct and chartered flights especially from China to land in Sandakan.

The new development is also expected to bring positive economic impact to the district and further boost the state’s tourism industry.

Last year, Sabah recorded 3.43 million tourist arrivals and RM7.25 billion in tourism receipts. Chinese tourists made up the majority of the arrival at 374,939.

As of Jan this year, Sabah recorded 294,557 tourist arrivals with 39,256 Chinese tourists having visited the state that month.