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Former Malaysian Prime Minister
Mahathir Mohamad, who governed
the country for 22 years until 2003,
was a well-known advocate of the
On a mission to turn Malaysia into
a modern, high-tech society, his proposals included
a plan to develop Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in
Subang, 25km outside of the capital Kuala Lumpur,
into a global aerospace hub by 2015.
Mahathir announced the plan to turn the city's
former main international airport into the Malaysia
International Aerospace Centre (MIAC) as early as
1998. e project was eventually launched in August
2005, ve months a er winning Cabinet approval.
Two government-backed agencies -- Malaysia Airports
Holdings Berhad (MAHB) and Malaysia Industry-
Government for High Technology (MIGHT) -- were
appointed to oversee the development.
MIGHT is responsible for drawing up policies
while MAHB implements and executes the
programme. e MIAC initiative is divided into
four sub-sectors: commercial aviation; maintenance,
repair and overhaul (MRO); parts and components
manufacturing ; and education and training.
e development site covers 1,200 acres, about
65 percent of which is taken up by Subang airport's
runway and taxiways, leaving 400 acres for o ces,
hangars and other facilities. According to MIAC
Senior General Manager Mahat Samah, about 35
companies are already in operation on the site, 15 of
which are MRO ser vice providers.
" ere is still space available for companies wanting
to set up operations in Subang," Mahat said.
MIAC is planning to acquire more land adjacent to
the current site. Meanwhile, MIGHT, together with
the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority
(MIDA), is continuing to encourage foreign and
domestic direct investment, especially in the MRO
sub-sector, in Subang as well as other aerospace
parks such as Kuala Lumpur International Airport
(KLIA), Senai Aviation Park in Johor and Composite
Technolog y City in Malacca .
Mahat said the project is being promoted aggressively
in Europe and other parts of the world. A delegation
including representatives of the Transport Division of
MIDA, Composite Technolog y Resource Malaysia
(CTRM) and MIGHT was sent to Austria, Germany
and France to promote Malaysia as a preferred
investment location for aerospace manufacturing
Malaysia ultimately aims to capture at least 5
percent of the global MRO market by 2015, as
well as positioning itself to capture substantial
aerostructures work packages for next-generation
aircra programmes. With this in mind, the travelling
delegation focused on bringing foreign companies
specialising in aircra general supplies and tooling to
Malaysia, either through foreign direct investment or
joint ventures with Malaysian companies.
Malaysia is continuing to pursue its ambition to become an aerospace hub for the Asia-Pacific region, writes
MAS Aerospace offers MRO services for aircraft
types including Boeing's Next-Generation 737.
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