Carefully consider any proposal regarding Subang Airport
by AFIQ AZIZ / graphic by MZUKRI MOHAMAD
ANY proposal or intention to liquidate the detention of Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang to a private entity should be carefully considered, said Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) Chairman Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir (Photo).
Zambry said any initiative to allow its operation by the private sector needs to be thoroughly considered as airports are the country’s strategic asset.
He was responding to several media reports stating that WCT Holdings Bhd forwarded its proposal to the government to separate the Subang airport from the MAHB.
“As president of MAHB, I take reporting very seriously. Of course, any initiative to allow it to be exploited by the private sector needs to be looked at in depth, both in terms of security and defense, as well as ownership, ”he said in a statement yesterday. . “On behalf of all MAHB staff, I would like to ask the government to reconsider the intent.”
Owned by the sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Bhd, MAHB operates 39 airports across Malaysia, of which five are international airports, 16 domestic and 18 STOLports (short take-off and landing), as well as one international airport in Turkey.
Zambry’s statement followed Malaysian Reserve (TMR) report, who voiced the demand from the MAHB unions nationwide for Zambry to support the group’s continuity in managing the operations of Subang Airport.
The three unions of Peninsular, Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan also urged MAHB to end WCT from being the operator of the Subang Skypark terminal.
The union letter to Zambry, dated May 6, was sighted by TMR.
According to the unions, Subang Airport’s revenue and its continued demand have allowed MAHB to fairly distribute the returns among its 39 airports nationwide. “We ask Datuk Seri (Zambry) to stand united with us to stop this hijacking,” the letter read.
Zambry noted that throughout its existence, Subang Airport has been successful in triggering the development of a huge aviation industry for the country, especially in the aerospace sector.
Therefore, MAHB paid special attention to planning the long-term direction of the airport as part of the Subang Airport Regeneration Master Plan.
The framework was to expand the airport terminal which is now already congested and develop an aerospace city ecosystem ranging from component manufacturing to aircraft services.
The airport – specified for small commercial aircraft and the use of private jets – was designed to handle just 1.5 million passengers per year (mppa).
It was reported that the number reached three mppa in 2019. Current work is expected to expand the capacity to cover up to five mppa over the next five years.
Zambry said Subang Airport is generally a strategic asset owned by the country, a historic national airport and close to Malaysian hearts.
He said that MAHB, as the largest group of airport operators in the world in terms of the number of passengers handled, has excellent experience in operating 39 airports across the country and from international airport to international airport. Istanbul, Turkey.
“In fact, several international airports operated by MAHB, both in Malaysia and Turkey, have often gained worldwide recognition in terms of services, as well as growth in passenger numbers.
“I am convinced that after listening to the views of the MAHB and other related agencies, the government will not sacrifice a strategic asset of the country.”
Zambry, who was previously the Perak mentri besar, was appointed to the post on August 11 last year, replacing former Federal Court judge Tan Sri Zainun Ali after the change of government in March.
In a statement last Friday, the Transportation Ministry said any proposed airport redevelopment was still in the preliminary stages, and the final review and decision on the matter rested with Cabinet.