Thursday, May 26, 2016

No more “Kuala Lumpur” International Airport but Sepang International Airport

Media statement by DAP ADUN for Kampung Tunku Lau Weng San on 26th 2016 in Petaling Jaya:

I read with concern the news that Malaysia Airport Holding Berhad (MAHB) is planning to launch Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Aeropolis, which is expected to contribute RM30 billion to the gross domestic product (GDP) and more than 56,000 jobs over the next 15 years.

The authority must not again confuse foreigners with the word “Kuala Lumpur” when the airport and the proposed location of the aeropolis is indeed located in Sepang, some 60km away from Kuala Lumpur.

I am sure that officers from the Ministry of Transport and MAHB are aware about the Selangor State Legislative Assembly Debate on 31st March 2016, that the Selangor State Government has the intention to convert the name of “Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)” to “Sepang International Airport” as the international airport is not located within the Federal Capital. Instead, it is located right in the heart of Sepang District, Selangor.

For example, the international airport in Singapore is not named as “Singapore International Airport” but “Changi International Airport”. The same goes to Heathrow International Airport instead of “London International Airport”.

Such exercise is deemed necessary. Using the name “Sepang” will give international fame to the local name of “Sepang”. The Federal Government should and must recognise the existence and the role of the Selangor State government in bringing foreign investments.

Lau Weng San                                                  

ADUN Kampung Tunku

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