The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) is set to close the Sungai Besi air base from Nov 31 and it will only be operational for helicopters.
RMAF chief Tan Sri Rodzali Daud said aircraft operations would be relocated to other RMAF airports and air bases.
This is to enable 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) to start preparing the groundwork for the 1Malaysia people’s housing project, he told reporters after presenting a RM2,500 cheque to runner Suwaibah Muhammad Nasir, who will take part in a gruelling run across the Sahara desert, at the RMAF Museum here.
Government-owned strategic development company, 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), the master developer for Bandar Malaysia, signed the sale and purchase agreement with the federal land commissioner for the transfer of 196.6ha of Sungai Besi airport land to 1MDB in June.
On the RMAF museum and mosque, Rodzali said the RMAF wished to keep the assets even after the Sungai Besi air base cease operation.
“However, we are still in discussion with 1MDB on relocation of assets, infrastructure and existing facilities from the air base such as logistics, squadrons, accommodation and officer mess to new bases in Subang and Sendayan as well as Kuantan.
“What is most important at the moment is to create and build a command and control system at the new base in Subang to enable the operations here to be transferred there,” he said, adding that he expected the entire development and transfer would be completed in 2016.
He said the RMAF Subang air base would operate as the command and control centre while the proposed Sendayan air base would be for flight training and Kuantan would house other assets.
On the development of the Sendayan and Subang air bases, he said a meeting would be held on Feb 14 next year on the proposed Sendayan air base design and to put the Subang air base execution on fast track.
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