By: Zaki Salleh
LANGKAWI – Thousands of visitors flooded the grounds of the Mahsuri International Exhibition Center (MIEC),not wanting to miss the opportunity to see the air allocation and aircraft exhibition.
Starting today and tomorrow the Langkawi International Air and Maritime Exhibition 2023 (LIMA’23) is open to public visitors.
As early as 8 a.m., Jalan Padang Matsirat which leads to MIEC was heavily congested for about five kilometres while people lined up to get tickets at the registration counter.
The entrance fee is RM35, while the maritime segment at Resort World Langkawi (RWL) is free.
However, admission to MIEC is free for visitors under 16 years of age, people with disabilities (OKU) and senior citizens.
The average visitor feels excited and eager to see the country’s defence and security assets for themselves despite having to stand in a long line.
A visitor, Radzuan Hassan said, he boarded the ferry with his family early in the morning to see the aircraft in action.
“Since yesterday, I have always seen it on television and social media, so my family and I came to Langkawi to experience the excitement,” he said.
As for civil servants, Munirah Ahmad Said said she was willing to drive from Shah Alam, Selangor with her friends.
“We had planned to come here so we applied for leave in advance. I am a fan of aircraft and LIMA is the best opportunity to see it up close,” he said.
The air show involving 60 aircraft from various countries is scheduled to be held twice, from 10 am to 12 noon and from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm.
The static exhibition involving 119 aircraft on the runway is open from 9 am to 4 pm; while the exhibition hall displays various defence products in the MIEC from 10 am to 5.30 pm.