PONTIAN: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today expressed his disappointment over US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) move to downgrade the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) from category one to two.
He said Malaysia wants to know the reason behind such downgrade and its effect on Malaysia.
“If they say we are not good or so on, then (why) our Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is among the 20 biggest airports in the world?
“We’ve even been trusted to run the Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (ISGIA) in Turkey where it is not small as 31 million people use it.
“Our people, when they worked overseas, are not working as servants at home. They are professionals such as pilots, engineers, architects, and many others.
“Malaysians work as professionals and their salaries are the same as European professionals,” he said at a press conference at Warung 800 in Pekan Nanas here today.
Previously Malaysia World News reported that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has restricted Malaysia’s airlines from adding flights to the United States after rating Malaysia air safety so low.
A source told Reuters on Monday that FAA has downgraded Malaysia air safety to Category 2. The low rating means the air carriers from Malaysia cannot start new services and are restricted to current levels of any existing service to the United States. The carriers would also be subject to additional inspections at U.S. airports.
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