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Boeing Upbeat About Malaysia’s NEM
Dennis Muilenburg, Executive Vice-President of the Boeing Company and President and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, who was in Malaysia earlier this week and had met with Najib here, said the company aimed to be an enabling partner of the NEM and continue building on its partnership with the country over the long-haul.
Muilenburg, who also met the prime Minister on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York in September, said: "We talked about that partnership and the relationship between the United States and Malaysia, which is continuing to grow in strength.
"We see Malaysia as an economic powerhouse in the region. The leadership that Malaysia has demonstrated on the world's stage under Prime Minister Najib is very important and we are supportive of that as well as on a country-to-country level," he told Bernama in an interview.
He also commended Najib for his speech at the UN where he called on world leaders to choose moderation over extremism in efforts to promote world peace.
"We continue to renew and build on this relationship as Boeing is serious about being a long-term partner," he stressed.
Malaysia had acquired a fleet of 8 F/A-18D Hornets, delivered in the late 1990's for use by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).
"We aim to support this going forward," said Muilenburg, adding that Boeing had offered its new F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft.
Having Malaysian industry participation would be an added advantage for the country and a key element in the industrial partnership equation against the backdrop of the NEM, which would include investing in Malaysian talent, resources and industrial capacity, Muilenburg said.
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