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Malaysia parliament member loves Palawan; expresses interest to support trade link PDF Print E-mail

By Celeste Ann R. Formoso

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Aug 23 (PNA) -- Datuk Marcus Mojigoh, a member of the parliament of Malaysia for the Putatan constituency in Sabah for the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) party in the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, is so smitten by Palawan province, which he calls “a land of promise that is so beautiful.”

“We love Palawan, and we want to come back,” Mojigoh told Governor Jose Alvarez at the dinner the provincial government hosted Friday night to welcome him and over 90 delegates of the 3rd Quarter Board of Directors Meeting of the Association of JCI Senators of Southeast Asian Nations (ASSEAN), which is being held in Puerto Princesa.

Mojigoh, who is the chief of delegation, lauded Alvarez for the warm welcome the provincial government showed him and the other delegates, who came from Indonesia, Singapore, and his own country, Malaysia.

In his speech to thank Alvarez and the people of Palawan for their warm hospitality, the Malaysian politician of the UPKO party in the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, said he has heard that MASwings will temporarily suspend its regular flights to Puerto Princesa starting “September 1 until further notice.”

MASwings by MASwings Sdn. Berhad “is a regional airline operating the Rural Air Services (RAS) in East Malaysia, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines.

Mojigoh said Palawan should not lose hope that the regional air trade link will come back; all that needs to be done is for Alvarez to write to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to request him not to suspend the MASwings flight but to just reduce its frequency per week.

“I want to help. I heard about MASwings, and what your governor is doing in Palawan, and I told Governor Alvarez to write to Prime Minister Najib Razak about it. He can mention my name to the Prime Minister so this problem can be resolved. Maybe reduce the number of flights from five times a week to twice a week,” Mojigoh told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in an exclusive interview.

He added that the news about Palawan “being so beautiful, where food is cheap, and people are kind and hospitable should be spread not only in Kota Kinabalu but the whole of Malaysia” since many in the country already love to travel regionally.

“I went out to try your street food, and I like it; fish here is very affordable and fresh You're all kind to your visitors -- all of us love Palawan, we love Palawan. My whole family is coming next month to visit and see the Puerto Princesa Underground River,” Mojigoh furthered.

In July, the Malaysian regional flight carrier sent a notice that it will reduce its flights to Puerto Princesa from five flights to three regular a week due to requirements it still need to fulfill, according to Doreen Padilla of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

In a separate interview with Alvarez, he told the PNA that he knew about the cancellation of the MASwings flight beginning September 1.

But on Monday, Alvarez will be writing to Prime Minister Najib Razak to ask for his help regarding MASwings.

“We will do as he suggests, we will write if it’s possible to just reduce the flights and not entirely removed it because we need the trade link,” he said. (PNA)






















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