Negri Sembilan to sign development deal on Labu aviation hub next month


SEREMBAN: The agreement to develop an aviation hub in Labu, Negri Sembilan, is expected to be sealed early next month.

The signing ceremony between the newly established Negri Sembilan Corporation (NS Corporation), Airbus, AirAsia and Sime Darby is expected to be witnessed by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said Dr Mohamad Rafie Ab Malek, the Chairman of the State Investment, Industrialisation, Entrepreneurship, Education and Human Capital Committee.

“The plan to develop an aviation hub, which will also function as a maintenance, repair and operations facility for commercial planes, is going well.

“The feasibility study will start in January next year and we hope the development will take off once the study is completed,” he told reporters after the closing ceremony of the International Education Research Seminar 2018 here today.

The event was organised by the Raja Melewar Teacher’s Training Institute, together with Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Mara, the Negri Sembilan Education Department and Universitas Andalas, Indonesia.

Mohamad Rafie said the State Assembly recently approved the establishment of the NS Corporation, which would be responsible for formulating and implementing the strategies and plans for the state’s economic development from now till 2050.

“This involves the entire state, encompassing all economic sectors, including the industrial, agriculture, tourism and service sectors, in order to ensure systematic development,” he added.

Earlier during the event, Mohamad Rafie urged for the educational research to be documented and published in journals and for the seminar to be held annually and expanded to attract participation from other Asean countries.

A total of 57 educational research working papers, including six from Universitas Andalas, were presented during the seminar. -- BERNAMA © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd