Published: Sunday October 27, 2013 MYT 1:07:00 PM
Updated: Sunday October 27, 2013 MYT 1:34:47 PM
BATU PAHAT: Procurement for the new traffic control management centre will begin early next year, said Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi.
He said bidders would be invited for the project at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which comprised a complex with a modern air traffic control system.
"Land for the project has been identified and an open tender process will begin early next year," he said after launching of a Warriors' Day fund and gotong-royong at Parit Raja Sunday.
When tabling the Budget 2014 last Friday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced an allocation of RM700mil to build the air traffic control centre at KLIA.
Abdul Aziz, who is Parit Raja MP, said the new centre would replace the 20-year old air traffic control system in Subang.
He said the new system would improve flight movement in Peninsula Malaysia, particularly KLIA. He said the new system could increase the frequency of lights from 60 per hour to 100 per hour.
"Although we have three runways they are too congested as we do not have a system that allows two airplanes to take off and land at the same time.
"With the new system, our airports will be able to accommodate flights more efficiently," he said.
Abdul Aziz added that the new system would also enhance the aviation industry and make the country an aviation hub in South East Asia.
"With good and advance services available, Malaysia could be a transit destination and this could boost tourism, " he said.
On the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that will be implemented in April 2015, Abdul Aziz, a newly elected Umno supreme council member, said the implementation was due as the country was moving towards a high income nation.
He urged the Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to stop using GST as a cheap political tactic as it confused the public.
"The tax system is like taking from the rich and re-distributing it to the low and middle income groups," he said, adding that the system had been practised in more than 160 countries.