ALOR SETAR - The Transport Ministry plans to give out incentives to airlines that bring in international passengers to Langkawi.
Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said doing so would boost tourism in the resort island as there were currently only two international flights going there weekly.
"When there are more routes overseas, we can bring in more international tourists to Langkawi as well," he said.
"We'll also be adding more chartered flights into the island besides the existing ones from Moscow," Liow said after opening the Kedah MCA annual convention here yesterday.
On Singapore's Land Transport Authority's move to increase toll charges at its side of the Causeway by five-fold starting Oct 1, Liow said Malaysia and its southern neighbour had always enjoyed good bilateral relations.
"Both nations will continue to have discussions to ensure that the people are not burdened. I will look into the matter," he said.
In his speech earlier, Liow, who is also MCA president, said the RM12.5 billion (S$4.94 billion) Ipoh-Padang Besar electrified double-tracking project would stimulate economic growth in Kedah, Perlis, Penang and Perak upon its completion in November.
"We will see a tremendous economic multiplier effect in the four states," he said.
In Kedah, he said it would bring economic benefits, especially to those in the tourism and agricultural industries.
Spanning 329km, the project links Ipoh in Perak to the northern end of the country at Padang Besar in Perlis.
In a message delivered by deputy MCA president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong at the Perlis MCA convention earlier, Liow, who is in Pengkalan Kubor for the by-election nominations, said the project would enable Arau, Bukit Keteri and Padang Besar to each have a modern train station.
Later in the evening, after opening the Penang MCA annual state convention, Liow said the Government would ensure the Malaysian team sent to recover the MH17 wreckage and search for passengers' remains was fully equipped for the task.
In his speech earlier, Liow described Pakatan Rakyat as a troika which did not have a common understanding among its component parties.