LANGKAWI, March 26 (Bernama) — The introduction of Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in 1991 has helped to trigger Malaysia keep up with the catalytic and rapidly growing defence industry, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The Prime Minister, when launching LIMA ‘19 today said that the move was necessary as now Malaysia has gained prominence and is known as the leading maritime and aerospace exhibition in the Asia Pacific area.
“As the Member of Parliament for Langkawi, it is indeed with pride that I witness this edition of LIMA still attracting international maritime and aerospace players and businesses from all corners of the globe.
“The 15th edition of LIMA brings back memories of the momentous 1991 edition when I launched the 1st Blueprint for the Development of the Aerospace Industry in Malaysia.
“It was a bold move for some and baby steps for others. But looking at what we have before as the development of the aerospace industry today, it was a necessary move to ensure that Malaysia kept up with the catalytic and rapidly growing industry,” he said in his opening speech.
LIMA’19 saw the participation of 406 defence-related companies and commercial entities from 32 countries involving 206 local companies and 200 international corporations.
The fifteenth edition of LIMA, co-organised by the EN Projects (M) Sdn Bhd, the Defence Ministry and the Transportation Ministry, is themed ‘Defence and Commercial Connecting Intelligence’.
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