Happy Deepavali!

Happy Deepavali!
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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






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%。



成员国各500辆客运巴士 可享简化出入境要求









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~


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~


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~