SEREMBAN: Prime Minister Najib Razak has expressed satisfaction with the progress of development of the Sendayan air base near here, which is in the final phase of construction.
Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said this after accompanying Najib on a visit to the site of the 303.5ha air base.
Najib and Hishammuddin were accompanied by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan during the 90-minute tour of the site.
“He (Najib) has been the target of baseless criticism by certain quarters. After seeing the progress for himself, he feels the visit was worthwhile.
“On behalf of the prime minister, I extend congratulations to all involved in this development,” Hishammuddin said at a press conference following the visit.
Present were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan and Chief of Air Force Gen Affendi Buang.
Earlier, Najib was briefed on the construction of the airbase by Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT) chief executive officer Lodin Wok Kamaruddin.
The prime minister signed a plaque as a symbolic gesture of naming the facility as the Sendayan air base, planted a sapling and was taken on a tour of the site.
The Sendayan air base project was started in 2013 under a plan to make it the biggest professional training centre for Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) officers and personnel in the fields of logistics, administration and management.
Located 15km from here, the airbase will also have a sports complex, a nine-hole golf course, an equestrian club, a swimming pool, an Islamic centre and a residential complex.