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Oleh/By		:	DATO' SERI DR. MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD 
Tempat/Venue 	: 	PULAU LANGKAWI, KEDAH 
Tarikh/Date	: 	11/11/91 
Tajuk/Title  	: 	THE LANGKAWI INTERNATIONAL MARITIME 
			& AEROSPACE EXHIBITION 1991 - LIMA 




 Bismillahirahmanirrahim.
Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Sultan,
Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Sultanah,
Ampun Tuanku beribu-ribu ampun, sembah patik mohon diampun.
Patik  merafak  sembah  mengalu-alukan keberangkatan Kebawah
Duli-Duli  Tuanku,  dan  seterusnya  menjunjung  kasih  atas
limpah   perkenan   Kebawah  Duli  Yang  Maha  Mulia  Tuanku
berangkat ke majlis ini.
Ampun Tuanku, patek dengan penuh takzim memohon  izin  untuk
berucap kepada hadirin sekalian. Ampun Tuanku.
Excellencies;
Distinguished Guests;
Ladies and Gentlemen,
    Welcome  to  Langkawi, Malaysia, the newest destination
for the tourists seeking a relaxed holiday.  Welcome to LIMA
91,  the  Langkawi  International  Maritime  and   Aerospace
Exhibition, 1991.
2.   You  may  ask  why  there is a need for yet another air
show.  Worldwide there is a surfeit of air shows.    Now  in
the  Far East, air shows are becoming almost a dime a dozen.
At the rate we are going airplanes will  have  to  be  built
purely  for  exhibition and aircraft manufacturers will have
to spend more time flying from one  exhibition  to  another,
not  to  speak  of Defence Ministers and defence chiefs from
neighbouring countries and elsewhere.
3.   When the idea of an air show in Langkawi was mooted, it
was felt that there was a special need to exhibit  aircrafts
which  may  interest  a region that is not only getting more
affluent but the geography of which makes air commuting  not
just a convenience but a necessity.
4.   It  is  acknowledged  that the South East and East Asia
regions are the most dynamic in the world.  When other parts
of the world barely grow economically, these  Asian  regions
regularly  register  high and even double digit growth.  And
the growth is consistent and is most likely to continue.
5.   Georaphically these two regions are fragmented and road
and rail linkages are so poor that most travelling has to be
done by air.  Within each country domestic  air  routes  are
fairly  well served, even when the countries are categorised
as developing countries.
6.   Today in Malaysia a padi farmer thinks nothing of  fly-
ing  from his state to Kuala Lumpur in the morning to return
late at night.  It may be merely visiting sick relatives  or
attending  some  meeting  with Government officials or what-
ever.  The fact is that air travel has  become  an  accepted
form of travel even for the low-income.
7.   The  same is true for the bigger ASEAN countries.  Cer-
tainly it is the most convenient means of travel between the
ASEAN countries.
8.   With increasing affluence, domestic tourism is  picking
up.    A  fair  number  of  domestic tourists travel by air.
There is an increasing demand for the provincial airports to
be linked by commuter planes.  And commuter lines  are  also
required  to  link  the international airports with outlying
districts and provinces.
9.   The economic growth of the region  is  largely  due  to
private  enterprises.    Some of the private companies (i.e.
the non-Government public limited companies) in  the  region
are  big  names  even by Fortune Magazine standards.  Execu-
tives of these large corporations have to travel and  travel
fast without being constrained by airline schedules.
10.  Already  some  companies  own small propeller-driven or
jet aircrafts and helicopters.   It is not  unreasonable  to
think  that  in  the near future more companies will want to
own aircraft individually or jointly.  And, of course, small
aircraft charters are going to be more popular.
11.  Flying is being encouraged by all  the  Governments  in
the  region.  It is not only because it is a great sport but
with the rapid expansion of airline  of  the  regions  there
will  be  a need for more airline pilots in the future.  Al-
ready the national airlines in the region are having to hire
pilots from outside the region.
12.  The region's needs can only be met if more youths  take
up  flying.   Trainer aircrafts are therefore going to be in
demand more and more.  There will be a need for basic train-
ers as well as more advanced ones.
13.  The amateur flying schools and flying academies in  the
region  are  unable  to cope with the demand for places.  As
more schools are set up and existing ones enlarged  the  de-
mand  for  all  kinds  of  training  is  going  to increase.
Malaysia welcomes the setting  up  of  flying  schools  from
abroad in joint ventures with local partners.
14.  Between  flying  as a sport and the need for pilots for
commercial airlines in the  region  not  only  will  trainer
planes  be  in  great demand, but also the aircrafts used in
sports flying and sky-diving.
15.  Clearly  the  demand  for  small  aircrafts,  including
commuters of all sizes, will be increasing in the East Asian
region  in  the near future.  It is for this reason that the
Malaysian Government considers the holding of an airshow for
small aircrafts appropriate and timely.    We  had  in  fact
thought  of  an Oshkosh East.   However, when the exhibition
became known, a lot of interest was shown by companies wish-
ing to exhibit military aircrafts as well as  large  commer-
cial jets.
Ladies and gentlemen,
16.  Malaysia  entertains  ideas about pioneering new routes
in the South.   Today it is necessary  for  travellers  from
South-East-Asia wishing to go to the southern part of Africa
or  South  America  to  go  north to Europe or North America
first and then fly south.   Admittedly there  are  presently
not many of such travellers whether tourists or businessmen.
But people will travel if it is convenient and cheap.  Obvi-
ously it is neither convenient nor cheap to fly north in or-
der to go south.
17.  But  the  southern  route poses problems because of the
vast expanse of water that has to be crossed.  If there  are
large  numbers  of passengers and freight, the present wide-
bodied long-range aircraft can be used.  But in the  initial
stages  there is very little likelihood for economic demands
for such aircraft.   The need is  therefore  for  long  haul
smaller  aircraft capable of a maximum of say 150 passengers
possibly with combi configuration.
18.  Perhaps aircraft like the 757, 737 or BAc 146 with  ex-
tra fuel tanks could prove suitable.  Twin-engined aircrafts
flying over vast expanses of water will need some ability to
stay afloat should they be forced to land on water.  Not be-
ing  an  aircraft engineer I had often wondered why the kind
of inflatable floats or sponsons sometimes available on hel-
icopters cannot be fitted to keep aircrafts afloat longer in
the water.  It is a silly idea, but I would feel much  safer
if  I think that engine failure over the oceans would result
in the aircraft staying afloat long enough for  location  by
rescue vessels to reach it.
Ladies and gentlemen,
19.  LIMA  is,  of course, not only an aerospace exhibition,
but a marine exhibition as well.   This is  the  first  time
that  the  two  have been combined.  Langkawi is most suited
for this combined exhibition.
20.  Again we believe that the increasing affluence  of  the
people  in this region will make ownership of pleasure boats
more common.  Presently such crafts are not  being  promoted
and  marketed in this region to take advantage of the poten-
tial.
21.  Malaysia imposes no tax on pleasure crafts.  Foreigners
are welcome to register their boats in Malaysia.  Of course,
they can keep their boats here as well.   We intend  to  en-
courage  the  setting  up  of marinas and boat servicing and
maintenance  facilities  in  Malaysia,  in   particular   in
Langkawi  in  the  West  Coast,  and  Terengganu in the East
Coast.  Additionally Labuan, the Off-Shore International Fi-
nancial Centre, will be equipped with similar facilities.
22.  Yacht racing and therefore ownership  is  getting  more
popular.    Several  yacht clubs are very active on the West
Coast of Malaysia.  Boat rentals for both  power  boats  and
sail boats are also getting popular.
23.  With  all  the  countries of South-East-Asia bounded by
very long coastlines, patrol-boats with  all  the  sophisti-
cated  equipments  that  they must have are in great demand.
The boat yards of the region are not sophisticated enough at
the moment.  Patrol-boats and other small  police,  customs,
immigration  and  naval crafts will be in continuous demand.
A whole new industry is needed to meet this demand.
24.  While it may be easier to buy the  boats  from  abroad,
convenience  and  good business sense demand that such boats
be built in the region.  Numerous local partners and  inves-
tors would, I am sure, welcome the idea of joint-ventures to
build all kinds of crafts here.
25.  Malaysia  has numerous incentives for such investments.
Additionally we have  a  highly  trainable  and  disciplined
workforce able to handle all language problems.  As with the
very  many investors who have invested in all kinds of manu-
facturing industries in Malaysia, I am quite sure that  any-
one  investing  in  boat-building or other naval products in
Malaysia will not regret his decision.
Ladies and gentlemen,
26.  There is a third reason for LIMA 91.  We are  promoting
Langkawi  for selected aerospace industry and business.  Am-
ple land has been acquired next to this airport for the pur-
pose.
27.  As Langkawi is a free trade area, imports  and  exports
are  completely  taxfree.    Components  or  products can be
brought in for processing or sale and reexported without any
hassle.
28.  For this purpose we intend to allow expatriates to take
up temporary residence here.  Bungalows and condominiums are
being built for sale or rental or time-sharing in  order  to
enable  expatriates to live comfortably.  Imported foods and
supermarkets will meet the needs of the expatriates  as  in-
deed throughout Malaysia.
Ladies and gentlemen,
29.  I  am  sure that you will appreciate now why LIMA 91 is
not just another aerospace show or  boat  show.    I  cannot
guarantee  that  you  will make a sale here.  But I am quite
sure that there will be a lot of potential buyers  whom  you
can  cultivate.    After  all, one does not decide to buy an
aeroplane or a yacht just like that.   They  cost  a  pretty
penny  and  the  people who come by these pretty pennies are
not the kind who will throw them away.
30.  I wish all exhibitors all the best.  Even if  you  make
no  sale  you will have a nice relaxed vacation in Langkawi,
the 99 enchanted islands of Malaysia.
Thank you.

 
 



 
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