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Malaysia and Turkey ink free trade agreement

Posted: 17 Apr 2014 08:39 AM PDT

ANKARA: International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed and Turkish Economic Minister Nihat Zekbejci signed the Free Trade Agreement between the two nations here this Thursday.

According to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who spoke in a joint press conference after the signing, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan will ratify the FTA in the Turkish parliament in June for it to come into effect.

"The FTA has been successfully concluded to bring bilateral ties between Turkey and Malaysia to a new era," said Najib.

He added both countries had realised that their combined ecomnomic potential had not been fully achieved.

According to Najib, an economic corporation meeting will soon be held to discuss common goals that can be realised with the signing of the FTA.

"As you all know, Malaysia and Turkey share the same goals as we both want to transform our economies to high economies - Malaysia in 2020 and Turkey in 2023," he said.

Najib also said both countries supported each other in securing seats in the UN Security Council.

Negotiations for the FTA between Malaysia and Turkey started in May 2010 and was concluded on Jan 17 this year.

Under the FTA signed between the two countries, Turkey will bind and eliminate import duties on 68.70 % of products.

This will cover 67.8 % or USD 247.38 mil of Malaysia's exports to Turkey.

Under the provisions of the FTA, Malaysia and Turkey will corporate in areas encompassing small and medium entreprises, halal related areas, agriculture and food industry, research development and innovation, health, energy, electronic commerce as well as automation.

Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor left for home late last night after attending a dinner hosted by Erdogan in his official residence.

Tags / Keywords: Malaysia, Turkey, free trade agreement

Paloh assemblyman involved in road accident, wife killed

Posted: 17 Apr 2014 07:18 AM PDT

IPOH: Paloh assemblyman Datuk Nozula Mat Diah lost his wife in a road accident on Thursday.

Datin Maziah Din was killed when the car they were in skidded and crashed into the side of a hill along KM23 of Jalan Cameron Highlands-Simpang Pulai, near here.

Perak police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said Maziah passed away at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital after the 6.30pm accident.

SDCP Acryl Sani said Nozula, who was driving, was believed to have lost control of the vehicle due to slippery road conditions.

"He sustained light injuries and is in stable condition," he said.

Malaysia to push for increased Asean aviation security, says Hisham

Posted: 17 Apr 2014 07:11 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: The government will push for Asean nations to re-examine their military and civil aviation security capabilities when Malaysia assumes chairmanship of the 10-member bloc next year.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia's chairmanship next year would be a good opportunity to look at the military and civil aviation capabilities of Asean countries.

"I have shared with some of my colleagues in Asean that there are systems out there that we can look in a regional manner.

"I think it is a great opportunity to look at the Asean capability not just militarily but also on the civil aviation side to look for a more constructive, effective and cost saving way to look at future threats," he told a press conference after closing the Defence Services Asia (DSA) Exhibition and Conference on Thursday.

Hishammuddin said looking back at this year's DSA, there was a change of mindset in those involved.

"There is a shift in thinking they cannot work alone," he said.

Linking it to the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight, MH370, Hishamuddin said the incident has shown cooperation was needed between countries.

"If you are talking about military radar, primary and secondary, without looking at satellite data or without working with sophisticated assets with the cooperation between countries, it is impossible to find a commercial aircraft," said Hishammuddin.

"The MH370 incident has actually given us some hope that we can cooperate but at the same time we need to cooperate in landscape that is much more complex," Hishammuddin added.

Hishammuddin said DSA was an opportunity to look at Malaysia's defence strengths and weaknesses.

"We do not need completely new equipment, we have got some upgrades. Basically at the end of the day we have to leave it to the air force as the end user to advise me what is the best way to upgrade and whatever we have disclosed because of the MH370 incident can be overcome," he added.

Hishammuddin added that the four-day biennial DSA was a highly successful event in the total number of exhibitors, visitors, commercial deals inked and the issues discussed.

"In the first three days, DSA 2014 received more than 30,000 trade visitors from more than 70 countries even with the total figure of the last four days tabulated. The figure indicates an upward trend in terms of visitors from last year," said Hishammuddin.

Hishammuddin pointed out that DSA 2013 had received 26,980 trade visitors from 66 countries, adding that throughout the week, he received 13 courtesy calls from counterparts.

"Pertinent issues related to defence and security were discussed in the meetings especially with greater bilateral cooperation and regional commitment," Hishamuddin added.


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