Friday, September 08, 2006

More MAS and AirAsia flights to Sabah and Sarawak soon

KUALA KUBU BARU: Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia will soon make a substantial increase to flights to Sabah and Sarawak, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said.

Details, including the specific routes and frequencies, will be announced during Chan’s visit to Miri today.

Chan said the decision was made following a report by a committee, headed by the ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Muhd Safaruddin Muhd Sidek, to look into the reduced frequency of flights to Sabah and Sarawak following the flight rationalisation plan between MAS and Air Asia.

“The committee will meet every fortnight to review the situation and report back to me. However, we will keep monitoring, to ensure that flights take off on time,” he said.

On the Cabinet decision to reverse the move by the police to slash traffic fines, Chan said he would call for a meeting of the police, and of officials of the Transport Ministry, Road Transport Department, Road Safety Department, Internal Security Ministry and other related agencies early next week.

“Efforts between the relevant agencies should be coordinated and concerted. Let us work closely together to bring down the number of road accidents,” he said after launching the Rawang-Rasa KTM Komuter safety campaign at the Batang Kali community hall near here yesterday.

Source: The Star

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