Day 2 of LIMA 2017
YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein
Minister of Defence
LANGKAWI | 22 March 2017
Today marks day two of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2017 (#LIMA17). The 14th edition of LIMA got off to a perfect start yesterday when the Royal Malaysian Air Force showcased the full potential of our assets during the Opening Gambit. Among the highlights were 2 x SU-30MKM, 5 x Hawk Fighter Jets, 3 x FA-18D, 7 x PC7 Pilatus’, 3 x EC725 Helicopters and 3 of our latest Airbus A400Ms.5
On the sidelines, Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak received courtesy calls from visiting dignitaries such as HE Dr Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, Qatar’s Minister of State for Defence Affairs; HE Ng Chee Meng, Singapore’s Second Minister of Transport; and HE Harriett Baldwin, United Kingdom’s Minister for Defence Procurement. Separately, I also received courtesy calls from HE Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s Second Minister for Defence; and HE Marat Nurghuzin, Khazakstan’s Deputy Minister of Defence and Aerospace. These meetings were very fruitful and I am confident that Malaysia’s relationship with our foreign allies remain strong.
One of the main highlights yesterday was the 5-Country Meeting between Malaysia, Qatar, Turkey, Pakistan and Indonesia on the sidelines of the exhibition. The meeting, which was co-chaired by HE Dr Khalid Mohammad Al Attiyah, Qatar’s Minister of State for Defence Affairs and myself focused on the importance of defence relations between our fellow Islamic partner nations. We discussed on the importance of unity of the Muslim Ummah and how we can face today’s security challenges such as radicalism, extremism and terrorism as united front. Turkey was represented by HE Suay Alpay, Deputy Minister of National Defense; Pakistan was represented by HE Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister of Defence Production; and Indonesia was represented by Brig Gen Dr. Pieter Ate, Director of Technology and Defence Industry.
Firstly, we discussed on cooperation between the defence industries of the 5 nations, focusing on potential collaborations and leveraging on each other’s expertise. Secondly, we deliberated on the education of our youths, especially those in the military where Malaysia has been a pioneer with our military colleges and the National Defence University (UPNM). This also includes exchanges between our Armed Forces to learn best practices and military training between our troops. Thirdly, we spoke on the importance of peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), mainly on how we can assist each other in ensuring the safety of our people in times of crisis. Fourthly, we deliberated on the face of Islam in the global scenario and how important it is to maintain moderation. This will eventually lead to greater coordination and cooperation amongst the Muslim nations that could be used for mutual benefits. Finally, we also spoke about the recently announced King Salman Centre for International Peace (KSCIP), a joint effort between Malaysia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to rectify the many misconceptions about Islam, its fundamentals, and to promote Islam in a holistic manner beyond the mere political dimensions.
The first Working Group meeting for this 5-country initiative will be hosted by Turkey in Istanbul on the 8th of May this year, while the Ministerial-Level Meeting will be hosted by Qatar soon after in Doha.
Yesterday also witnessed the launch of our newly-introduced Maritime Segment of the exhibition which places a heavier focus on the latest assets and cutting-edge technologies from the maritime sector.
The exhibition saw 14, 313 trade visitors on its first day and the total is expected to reach 40,000 by the end of three trade only days.
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