DCA to Be Revamped

Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Transport Minister.

Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Transport Minister.

BEIJING: The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) will be revamped to allow for more flexibility in the training and hiring of qualified technical staff to cater to the civil aviation industry, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

The Transport Minister said the department would be renamed the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) after the revamp process. It is expected to begin operating by Feb 14.

"With increased air travel, there will always be a need for more aviation personnel to manage and maintain a global air transport system," he said on Wednesday.

Liow is in Beijing for the two-day inaugural Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Civil Aviation, which opened Wednesday here.

He said Malaysia had emerged as a vital hub in the region due to a clear aviation policy and the advantage of strong economic fundamentals.

Last year, its airports handled some 91.8 million passengers and one million tonnes of air cargo.

"With a comprehensive policy covering all key aspects of aviation, focusing on growth areas, strategic development objectives, long-term strategies and transformational approaches, Malaysia aspires to be a leading aviation nation in the Asia Pacific Region," he added.

Source: The Star Online, 31 January 2018

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