KUALA LUMPUR - The wait is almost over for the public eager to wish selamat datang to the pair of giant pandas from China, who are expected to set foot on Malaysian soil at 6.30am tomorrow.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said the two pandas, Fu Wa (male) and Feng Yi (female), will be transported from Chengdu, China via a MASKargo flight.
"The pandas will be flying on a special flight and will arrive at the Animal Hotel, MASKargo complex at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport," he said yesterday.
The 8-year-old pandas will then be taken to the National Zoo, where they will be quarantined in a state-of-the-art air-conditioned enclosure for about a month.
Palanivel said the pandas, on loan from China for 10 years under a giant panda international conservation programme, symbolised 40 years of good relations with China.
Malaysia will also conduct conservation research on the pandas while developing and training local experts.
"The experience and expertise gained from the programme could be used in conservation efforts for our local species, such as the tiger, gaur, tapir and sun bear.