14th December, 2008
TAWAU: Malaysia Airlines’ (MAS) move to provide daily direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Tawau is seen as forging national integration between the people in Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia.
Unity, Culture, Arts & Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the direct flights would also ease the movement of people between the two locations, be it for business or pleasure.
“Apart from reducing travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Tawau, the flights will also provide more opportunities for tourists to visit interesting destinations, especially on the east coast of Sabah.
“So, I think it is a good effort to promote travel between the two destinations and to forge national integration,” he told Bernama, here, yesterday.
On Friday, MAS in a statement said that the direct flights would commence on Jan 1 next year and in conjunction with the launch of the new service, customers could buy a one-way ticket for as low as RM99.
The special rate is exclusively offered via online booking at www.malaysiaairlines.com from Dec 9 to 21 and for departures between Jan 1 and Feb 28, 2009.
Meanwhile, Sabah Assistant Finance Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abubakar Titingan said the direct flights would definitely boost economic development on the east coast of Sabah, which is known for its agriculture sector.
“Traders and investors are people who are concerned about time,” he added when met at the mass circumcision for the Tawau Religious and Fardu Ain Class (KAFA) pupils yesterday.