PUTRAJAYA, March 13, 2015:
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has agreed to consider Myanmar President U Thein Sein’s request for additional flights from Kuala Lumpur to Yangon and Mandalay.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said Najib had agreed to seriously look into the request and ask Malaysia Airlines or AirAsia to look at the possibility.
However, he said, it was a business decision to be made by the airlines.
“Currently, AirAsia only flies up to Yangon. They (Thein and Najib) are talking about flying from Kuala Lumpur to Yangon and Mandalay, where the airline can also pick up passengers from Yangon to Mandalay,” he told reporters after the delegation meeting attended by both leaders and several ministers here today.
Anifah said the meeting also discussed ways to increase bilateral trade between both countries.
“The Myanmarese government has offered Petroliam Nasional Bhd to further its exploration in the oil field. In the case of labour, we will be signing the Memorandum of Understanding between two parties. Foreign Ministers of both nations will be working on that.
“We will also be having the joint-commission meeting, which was established last year and will discuss all other issues, sometime in June this year.”
Myanmar is Malaysia’s 38th largest trading partner globally and 7th largest trading partner among Asean member countries. Total trade between the two countries was recorded at RM3.18 billion (US$972.1 million) last year.
Thein is on a two-day working visit to Malaysia which began on Thursday, at the invitation of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.
He is accompanied by his wife, Daw Khin Khin Win, Cabinet ministers and government officials.