KUALA LUMPUR: The success of the 14th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (Lima) exhibition last month is testament to the world's willingness to collaborate with Malaysia, in spite of global economic uncertainties, complex geopolitical crises, and the emergence of new threats which have left many countries grappling for solutions.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said initially, he was concerned over whether the recent edition of Lima would enjoy a strong reception.
"It turns out that my worries were unfounded, because the figures show that (the world) views Malaysia as a strategic location which can help like-minded countries learn new things, what with the challenges (the globe) has to face these days.
"This (proves) the advantage and success of Lima in the global context," he said in a press conference today on the sidelines of Dewan Negara proceedings.
Hishammuddin said Lima’s stellar performance is also the result of the country maintaining good relations with everyone.
"It is also because of the wisdom of the Barisan Nasional leadership, which some people have tried to deny – but you cannot deny it.
"This is not just about Lima's success, but the world's perception of our country, of Islam and of our defence capabilities.
"It is backed by our multilateral relations with various nations which view Malaysia's leadership as having been consistent in ensuring the peace, harmony and stability of the country, the region and the world," he said.
In the upper house earlier, Hishammuddin, in replying to a question from Senator Datuk Mohd Salim Sharif @ Mohd Sharif on the success of Lima 2017, said the 14th edition was the biggest and best show ever, drawing 555 exhibitors, compared to 512 in the previous edition.
Lima 2017 also recorded 40,280 trade visitors in the first three days, and a total of 236,689 visitors, compared to just 135,239 two years before.
Hishammuddin further stated that a total of RM3.82 billion worth of contracts were signed at Lima 2017.
He said 11 contracts worth RM2.46 billion, seven letters of agreement and five letters of intent were signed.
A total of 12 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) were forged between government agencies/Malaysian companies and foreign corporations, totalling RM97 million, he added.