Speechs in the year
Tempat/Venue	:	LANGKAWI, KEDAH
Tarikh/Date	:	30/09/2003
			LIMA `03
Versi 		:	ENGLISH
Penyampai	:  	PM   

      Let  me  begin  by wishing all our guests  Selamat
   Datang,  a  warm welcome to the Langkawi  International
   Maritime and Aerospace  Exhibition 2003 or LIMA `03. It
   gives  me  great pleasure to officiate  LIMA  `03,  the
   seventh  such exhibition since its inception  in  1991,
   especially  in the presence of so many dignitaries  and
   senior military personnel, who join us here from around
   the world.
   2.    LIMA  took  off  to a humble start  in  1991,  as
   Malaysia's inaugural effort in hosting an international
   aerospace and maritime exhibition. Since then, LIMA has
   come   a   long  way.  Today,  increasing  numbers   of
   exhibitors are drawn to LIMA, offering state-of-the-art
   aerospace  and  maritime  products  for  the  rich  and
   growing  market  in Southeast and East  Asia.   It  has
   enabled some of these products which were not available
   before to penetrate this lucrative market.  Accordingly
   the  number  of  exhibitors and visitors has  increased
   3.    This exhibition has been located in the beautiful
   resort  islands of Langkawi because it is not  hampered
   by  too much built-up areas, with the sea providing not
   only  a  good  site for ships to be anchored  but  also
   allows  aerial displays over water freely.  In addition
   Langkawi  airport is not too busy and prolonged  aerial
   display can be carried out.
   4.    After  LIMA `01, a wave of uncertainty has  swept
   across  the  world,  brought about  by  the  increasing
   threat  of  terrorism and military  action.  Both  have
   destabilising  effects on all countries.    These  have
   slowed down the economy of the world, in particular the
   air-travel and tourist industries.  As a result demands
   for  aircrafts,  especially commercial  aircrafts  have
   diminished.   The  SARs episode has also  affected  the
   travel industry seriously.
   5.    But there are signs now that the East Asia travel
   trade  is  making rapid recovery.  Tourist arrivals  in
   SEA  are  regaining  to pre-SARs and  pre-11  September
   levels.   This  will  lead  to  increase  demands   for
   commercial passenger aircrafts in Asia.
   6.     The   need   for  security  has  generated   new
   technologies  and  products.   New  devices  are  being
   introduced  for screening of air passengers  and  their
   luggage as well as freight.
   7.    Airlines are competing with each other to provide
   comfort and in-flight entertainment and communications.
   New seat configurations are being introduced especially
   for long-haul flights.
   8.    Even as there is more competition for the  higher
   end of the business we are now seeing tremendous growth
   in  the  no-frills low cost airline business.  Although
   this  may  erode the business of the ordinary airlines,
   there is no doubt that many who could not efford to fly
   before are now flying.  Orders for new aircrafts by low-
   cost airlines have outstripped those by the normal cost
   airlines.   Malaysia has its own low cost  airline  and
   appears to be doing very well.
   9.   Invariably an air-show will give a prominent place
   for military aircraft and hardware.  Many countries  in
   the  region are anxious not only to upgrade  their  air
   defences  but also to acquire technology.  Air  defence
   and  maritime defence are very important in South  East
   Asia  because most of the countries are made up of huge
   archipelagos   with  long  coastline  and   innumerable
   islands to be secured.  Ships and aircrafts are  needed
   for  surveillance to ensure that shipping in the region
   is safe, in particular from piracy.  There is of course
   a need to secure territorial waters and economic zones.
   Oil  rigs offshore are very vulnerable and have  to  be
   protected.    All   these  require  some   considerable
   provision   in  terms  of  air  and  maritime   defence
   10.   Malaysia  has  built a series of  radar  stations
   along the western coast of the Peninsular to enable  us
   to  oversee  traffic along the Straits of Malacca.   In
   addition we are putting in more patrol boats and aerial
   surveillance.  But there is a financial limit  to  what
   Malaysia can do to protect international shipping which
   passes  through the Straits in increasing numbers.   We
   are  also planning to install radar stations all  along
   the Sarawak and Sabah coasts.
   11.  While we accept that the Straits of Malacca is  an
   International  maritime  passage,  the  world  and   in
   particular  the nations whose ships make  use  of  this
   waterway  should  also  help in securing  the  passage.
   There  is  also a need to dredge certain parts  of  the
   Straits  to  ensure  that ships  do  not  run  aground,
   especially now when container ships are growing in size
   and capacity.
   12.   The LIMA show which is both air and sea, provides
   a   good   opportunity  for  the  aerial  and  maritime
   industries to exhibit their products to deal  with  the
   situation  arising not just from the threats of  terror
   and war but also the problems posed by the rapid growth
   in  trade,  involving aerial and marine transport.   At
   the  same  time  the countries in the  region  need  to
   acquire  some  capabilities to supply  themselves  with
   their non-defence needs.  Transfer of technologies  and
   manufacturing  capabilities  are  therefore  essential.
   There  is  also  the benefit that the  Southeast  Asian
   countries  can  bring because of the  lower  production
   cost  which  can  improve the competitiveness  and  the
   saleability of the products.
   13.   LIMA `03 offers ample opportunities for everyone.
   To   dignitaries  and  Government  guests   and   trade
   visitors,  we  invite you to visit  the  Aerospace  and
   Maritime  booths  to  view  the  impressive  array   of
   military hardware and civilian equipment that  will  be
   on display.
   14.  For the exhibitors, LIMA `03 provides an excellent
   platform  to market their products not only to Malaysia
   but  also to the region. Please avail yourself  of  the
   opportunity  to network to form strategic  partnerships
   and  alliances  including  joint  ventures  with  local
   companies. At the same time, we hope your participation
   will  also provide a better understanding of our  local
   industrial     capabilities    and    the    investment
   opportunities  and incentives provided  by  us  in  our
   desire   to   make   Malaysia  a   regional   hub   for
   manufacturing and marketing activities, for  civil  and
   military aerospace and maritime products.
   15.  Malaysia is a business friendly country.  You will
   find that all the major industrial corporations in  the
   world   have   manufacturing  facilities  here.    More
   importantly they seem to like the country so much  that
   most of them have expanded their operations here.
   16.   Malaysian  companies are present  in  significant
   numbers  in  LIMA  '03.   They  are  looking  out   for
   opportunities  to  have  joint-ventures  with   foreign
   companies   which   have  expertise  in   sophisticated
   technologies.   And  they have knowledge  and  insights
   into   the   markets  of  Southeast   Asia.    Mutually
   beneficial  results  can come from cooperation  between
   Malaysia and foreign companies.
   17.  LIMA has and will continue to benefit Malaysia and
   the  Asia Pacific region, which is arguably the second-
   largest  market in the world for aerospace and maritime
   products.  According to forecasts, the total market for
   defence  exports to Asia alone is predicted to rise  to
   USD70  billion  between  2002  and  2006.   And  it  is
   expected  to  continue to rise.  It is for this  reason
   that the Malaysian Government is supporting the hosting
   of  exhibitions.  We are confident that the LIMA series
   will  continue  to  be  held  biennially  to  meet  the
   objectives for which it was first mooted.
   18.    I  sincerely  hope  that  you  will  find   your
   participation  in  LIMA  `03  a  most  meaningful   and
   enriching one and that you will be satisfied  with  the
   infrastructure  and security arrangements,  which  have
   always remained of paramount concern to us. I also hope
   you will be able to find time to take in the sights and
   culture of this idyllic tropical paradise of Langkawi.
   19.   It is now with great pleasure that I declare LIMA
   `03 officially open.

   Sumber : Pejabat Perdana Menteri