TAWAU: Malaysia Airlines’ (MAS) move to provide direct daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Tawau is likely to forge national integration between the people of Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia.

Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the flights would make the movement of people between the two locations easy, be it for business or pleasure.

“Apart from reducing travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Tawau, the flights will provide opportunities for tourists to visit interesting destinations, especially in the east coast of Sabah.

“I think it is a good effort to promote travel between the two destinations,” he said on Saturday.

MAS, in a statement on Friday, said the flights would commence on Jan 1. In conjunction with the launch, customers can buy a one-way ticket for as low as RM99.

This special rate is exclusively for online booking at www.malaysiaairlines.comfrom Dec 9 to 21 for departures between Jan 1 and Feb 28 next year.

Meanwhile, Sabah Assistant Finance Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abubakar Titingan said the flights would boost economic development in the east coast of Sabah known for its agriculture.

“Traders and investors are concerned about time and the flights will fill their needs,” he said at a mass circumcision of Tawau Religious and Fardu Ain Class pupils on Saturday. — Bernama

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