LANGKAWI, May 27 – The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, made a visit to the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA ’23) at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Center (MIEC) on Wednesday. Accompanied by his wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, and key officials including Minister of Transport Anthony Loke and Air Force Commander General Tan Sri Mohd Asghar Khan Goriman Khan, the Prime Minister explored the exhibition grounds and engaged with participants.
Upon his arrival at 8:35 am, Anwar Ibrahim embarked on a walkabout to observe the static exhibition, which featured various air defense assets, including the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s F/A18D Hornet stationed on the runway in front of MIEC. The Prime Minister also took the opportunity to meet with the participating air forces from five countries: Indonesia, China, South Korea, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates, who were involved in an aerobatic show.
During his visit, Anwar Ibrahim explored several other exhibitions within MIEC and was scheduled to witness the signing ceremony of several Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) at the exhibition center. The MoUs aimed to strengthen defense and commercial collaborations and underscored the theme of LIMA ’23: “Asia’s Maritime and Aerospace Trade Contact Points.” The event, jointly organized by the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Transport, spans from yesterday until May 27.
LIMA ’23, which was originally slated for 2019 but postponed due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, brings together industry players, defense officials, and aviation enthusiasts to showcase the latest advancements in maritime and aerospace technology. The exhibition serves as a vital platform for networking, knowledge exchange, and promoting international collaborations in defense and commercial sectors.
The Prime Minister’s presence at LIMA ’23 underscores the government’s commitment to fostering defense capabilities and exploring trade opportunities within the maritime and aerospace industries. The event provides a valuable platform for showcasing Malaysia’s advancements and engaging with international partners, ultimately contributing to the nation’s growth and security.