2017年10月18日星期三

Happy Deepavali!

Happy Deepavali!
தீபாவளி நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்!
屠妖节快乐!

2017年10月14日星期六

Asean to open skies further

Asean to open skies further

Asean countries signed the protocol to put into place a package of commitments to further liberalise air transport services in the region.

At the 23rd Asean Transport Ministers Meeting, the countries also agreed to improve connectivity among member states.

Transport ministers and senior officials from Asean member countries attended the two-day meeting. Also present were dialogue partners from China, Japan and South Korea.

Among the highlights of the meeting was the conclusion of the “tenth package of commitments on air transport services under the Asean Framework of Services”.

Liow said the ministers also signed the protocol of domestic code-share rights, allowing code­-sharing arrangements between the marketing airline and domestic airline in Asean member countries.

“This would increase connectivity between Malaysia and other Asean member states.

“At the same time, it would enable designated airlines of Malaysia to offer their passengers a wide range of travel options which can extend beyond the airlines’ own network and route structure,” he added.

Liow said the ministers signed the Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Flight Crew Licensing, which would facilitate air services to complement liberalisation efforts in Asean, and ensure the highest degree of security in international air transport.

They also reached an agreement on the Facilitation of Cross Border Transport of Passengers by Road Vehicles.

“This is to promote seamless cross-border mobility of passengers between Asean member states,” said Liow.

He added that the ministers had concluded the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the authorities in charge of aircraft accident investigation under the Asean-China partnership.

“This agreement would further strengthen Malaysia’s cooperation with China in relation to aircraft accident and incident investigations, sharing experiences and expertise in various specialist fields, equipment and research,” he said.

~News courtesy of The Star~

开放联号航运权 亚细安区内航班选择增多

开放联号航运权 亚细安区内航班选择增多

亚细安成员国将开放各自的国内联号航运权,让在亚细安区域内飞行的航班共享班号。如此一来,航空公司可在不使用旗下飞机的情况下,扩大跨国飞行网络,为搭客提供更多航班选择。这也有助促进亚细安各国人民和货物的流通,有利于经济与商业发展,也能扩展旅游业。

过去两天在我国举行的第23届亚细安交通部长会议昨天结束,与会国在本次会议中签署了五项协议,并采纳六项计划,重申致力于加强亚细安成员国与对话伙伴国之间交通合作的承诺。

这包括进一步开放区内的航空服务、改善亚细安航空飞行的安全和效率,以及促进乘客的无缝跨境流动。

各国部长昨天签订两项开放航空服务的协议,其中包括开放联号航运(code-share)权,让在亚细安区域内飞行的航班都能提供联号航运服务,搭客也能享有较便利的转机登机与行李托运服务。

例如,一家本地航空公司和一家泰国航空公司合作提供联号航运服务,搭客只需订购一次机票,便能先飞往曼谷,再转国内航班到泰国的另一目的地。同样的,原本不直飞本地的泰国航空公司,也能让搭客通过一次订票,先飞曼谷再转飞新加坡。

另一项协议则是在亚细安服务业框架协议(ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services,简称AFAS)下,落实第10项配套,以求逐步减少亚细安航空运输辅助服务的贸易限制。新加坡将对提供销售与营销航空运输服务的公司,提高它们所能允许的最高海外股本参与率,从51%提高到70%。

此外,各国采纳了亚细安航空交通管理总体规划,目的是打造无缝的亚细安空中交通,以更一体化的方式改善区域的航空流量。一旦全面落实,料将改善航空交通管理与安全,空域容量也能增加,航班延误的情况因此有望减少,航空公司的运作成本也会降低。

各国也签署了协议,相互承认对方颁发的机组人员执照。

成员国各500辆客运巴士 可享简化出入境要求

在陆路交通方面,亚细安成员国签署了促进陆路客运跨境的亚细安框架协议,方便客运巴士在各国之间跨境穿行。

按照这项协议,每个成员国都有500辆巴士的配额,可享有简化出入境的要求。这些必须是非固定行程的客运巴士,如旅游巴士。固定行程的跨境巴士在路线、停靠站、巴士数量、技术要求及车费方面,仍得取得邻国的同意。

与对话伙伴国的合作方面,亚细安将与中国加强在航空事故调查的合作。

负责调查航空事故的官方机构与中国民用航空局签署了谅解备忘录,同意相互分享调查航空事故方面的设施与专才资源,也相互提供培训、分享安全资料,及安排观察员参与调查等。这有助提升调查员的能力与专业水平。

基础建设统筹部长兼交通部长许文远为会议主持闭幕式时说:“我们对亚细安交通合作的承诺将助我们实现‘2020年亚细安愿景’,以及‘2025年亚细安互联互通总体规划’。这将提高人民的生活质量,制造良好的就业机会,也能为区域带来稳定与和平。”

第24届亚细安交通部长会议明年将于泰国举行。

~联合早报网~

2017年9月19日星期二

Four-car KL monorail trains back on track soon

Four-car KL monorail trains back on track soon

KL Monorail's four-car trains, which have been grounded since May for safety enhancements, will be returning to service soon.

In a statement Tuesday, Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Zohari Sulaiman said that five four-car monorail train sets would be placed back on service in stages by year-end.

"Works to further enhance the safety features of the trains are ongoing. We are working hard to have the works completed as soon as possible, but strictly according to the work details highlighted.

"As the operator of the KL Monorail Line, Rapid Rail would like to express our sincere apologies to our customers for the inconvenience caused.

"We had no choice but to ground them temporarily in the interest of public safety," Zohari said.

In the absence of the four-car train sets, Zohari said Rapid Rail has been deploying shuttle buses throughout the alignment to complement the operations of the two-car trains.

"We now have six sets of two-car trains in operation," he said, adding that train frequency is between eight and 15 minutes.

~News courtesy of The Star~

2017年9月17日星期日

Tourism Tax 旅游税


Wai Sek Kai destroyed in fire

Wai Sek Kai destroyed in fire



Fierce flames: Firemen battling the blaze in Pudu.

The Pudu hawker food street, a heaven for foodies, has been destroyed in an early morning fire, leaving the traders there with an uncertain future.

A row of stalls went up in flames at about 2am yesterday and was razed in about an hour.

The place, better known as Pudu Wai Sek Kai, has stood at the intersection of Jalan Pudu and Jalan Sayur for more than five de­cades.

Teams of firemen from five stations – Pudu, Hang Tuah, KLCC, Sri Hartamas and Keramat – responded within four minutes when the call came in at 2.02am.

“Low water pressure made it difficult to bring the blaze under control,” said Fire and Rescue Department operational commander Supt Mohd Yunus Ibrahim.

He said the fire was finally put out at 3.13am and 10 stalls were razed.

A 45-year-old helper at a fried chicken stall said she found out about the fire from a shopkeeper.

Dira A. has been working there for the past 14 years.

She said that they finished cleaning and packed up the stall at about 11pm and headed home.

After being alerted by the shopkeeper, they rushed back but by then more than half the stalls were already ablaze.

“We sell about 40 to 50 chickens a day and now without the stall, I’m worried for my boss who is like family to me,” she said, adding that their three refrigerators were also destroyed.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall socio-economic development executive director Datuk Ib­ra­him Yusoff said that the traders could apply for a temporary or permanent spot at the nearby Pudu Integrated Commercial Com­plex.

“There are 30 traders affected and we talked to them about moving, prior to the fire,” he said.

“If they plan to rebuild, they can operate at the complex for the time being.”

~News courtesy of The Star~

2017年8月31日星期四

KLIA helpdesk to assist tourists from China

KLIA helpdesk to assist tourists from China

The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is the first airport in South-East Asia to have a Chinese Travellers Affairs Helpdesk to make arrivals easier for tourists from China.

The desk, located before the Immigration counter, will have two Mandarin-speaking volunteers to help Chinese tourists with directions and essential information.

A similar helpdesk will also start operating at KLIA2 from tomorrow.

The desk will operate from 7pm to midnight, when most flights from China arrive. From October, its hours will be 5pm to 1am to accommodate higher tourist traffic.

“These initiatives will boost the confidence of Chinese tourists in choosing Malaysia as a holiday destination,” said Tourism Malaysia chairman Datuk Dr Siew Ka Wei after launching the helpdesk at KLIA here yesterday.

Tourism Malaysia said in a statement that tourist arrivals from China were increasing again after a slowdown in 2014.

“Siew told reporters after the launch that the helpdesk was a collaboration of Tourism Malaysia, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, the Immigration Department, the Embassy of China in Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysia China Welfare Advisory Society.

~News courtesy of Bernama~