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Loke: MAHB to pay for KLIA rebranding

Publish date: Wed, 22 Mar 2023, 10:49 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is not spending any money for the rebranding of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), the Dewan Rakyat heard today.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the airport's rebranding exercise from KLIA and klia2, to Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, is being done by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) and had nothing to do with the government.

"MAHB requested for the matter to be considered.

"When I presented the memorandum to the cabinet to determine the operating agreements between the government and MAHB, this (the rebranding) was one of the things that they requested for. So we approved it.

"The cost for rebranding does not involve any allocation from the ministry.

"All costs for rebranding such as marketing, signages and others will be borne by MAHB," he said during his ministry's winding up session of the 2023 Supply Bill.

On a separate matter, Loke said the government was acquiring 10 new train sets for the electric train services (ETS) worth RM574 million, and 12 new three-car commuter trains for the northern route worth RM297 million.

He said the government had yet to decide the acquisition model for the trains, adding that they were considering either acquiring the trains through a tender process or through a lease model.

Loke acknowledged that the demand for ETS trips were high, particularly during the weekends, adding that the additional trains would help with increasing train frequency.

"We already have the double tracks. but train frequency depends on the rolling stock of the train.

"We have the tracks but we don't have enough trains, so that's why we need to increase them." he said.

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