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PETALING JAYA: KL International Airport (KLIA) is today the 27th busiest airport in the world by passenger volume and by the turn of the decade it is expected to join the ranks of 20 busiest.
Maybank Investment senior analyst Mohshin Aziz told StarBiz that this projection was itself attractive for any airline that was ambitious to be a global player not to overlook flying into KLIA.
KLIA’s connectivity, traffic volume, a thriving domestic market and that it houses Asia’s biggest low-cost airline hub, also count as factors attracting these airlines.
But only a decade ago, KLIA saw the departure of British Airways (BA), Lufthansa and Qantas.
Full service carriers also need business traffic for the yields besides connectivity and traffic volumes and that is where KLIA paled then in comparison with its rivals Singapore’s Changi and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi.
But things have certainly taken a drastic turn since.
Today, KLIA has 56 airlines flying out of the hub, three more will join by May 1, and by yearend KLIA could have more than 60.
Lufthansa returned some years ago, Air France comes back on April 23 after 30 years, Turkish Airlines and Philippines Airlines, after a decade of absence.
“The whole economic make-up of KL has changed, there is strong economic growth, more foreign companies are based here than a decade ago, the number of business travellers are higher and there is a huge domestic market and Malaysia is more visible on the tourism map,” said an expert.
The wining of several awards including “best airport in the world’ in its category helps it attract more airlines.
Airport Council International, a body that tracks the movement of passenger and aircraft traffic in global airports on Tuesday released its preliminary figures in which KLIA stood at 27th place for handling 39.8 million passengers in 2012.
Suvarnabhumi is ranked 14 with 53 million passengers, Changi a notch lower with 51 million, and Jakarta at 9th place with 57 million passengers, mainly due to a thriving domestic market as its growing middle class population takes to the skies.
Suvarnabhumi and Changi will continue to be a threat to KLIA but they also have their own issues of space and slots.
“How much more can these airports grow, and Suvarnabhumi already has the widest connectivity, how much more can it grow?
“And if you look at Soekarno Hatta, it is always packed and getting prime slots can be a challenge and the same is for the other two, especially at night and both airlines and passengers hate delays,” said Mohshin.
Mohshin felt that KLIA had all the building blocks in place to attract airlines, the slots, the space and the volume.
Though KLIA will never be number one, he believes it can be number two or even three.
“It is all about growth and growth and infrastructure efficiency, and KLIA has that,” he added.
Whether BA and Qantas return or not, the volume coming from Asian and Middle Eastern carriers is sizeable and Mohshin said KLIA should focus on that more.
Besides BA and Qantas, MAHB is courting several airlines including Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Indigo to use KLIA, and it will be no surprise if it adds one or two more for this year.
By B.K. SIDHU
KUCHING: For Sarawak to succeed in providing new tourism opportunities in order to attract more travellers and reach its target, it will have to resolve the issue of air connectivity.
In its 2012 report on the state, Inside Investors highlighted that the Sarawak government and its Sabah counterpart were in agreement with Malaysia Airlines Systems Bhd (MAS) subsidiary MASwings to be East Malaysia’s own airline.
The latest developments indicated that this was the right decision. With added air capacity, the state could evolve into a tourism destination of choice for people who were not necessarily looking for the usual mass treatment but more for adventure, nature, cultural heritage and festivals.
Sarawak has recently found a niche in the so called musical tourism by staging several events the most famous of which were the Rainforest World Music Festival and the Miri International Jazz Festival.
Both events are big draws for people who otherwise will probably bypass Sarawak compared to other tourism destinations.
“One other area is eco-tourism, which is part of the state’s development plan for the tourism sector. The government has indicated that all industry players will have to be responsive to the new plan, as it aims to create Sarawak’s own niche market to make its tourism offers more attractive,” Inside Investors enthused.
Meetings, incentives conferences and exhibitions (MICE) sector is also gaining traction. This form of tourism in Sarawak could be easily related to projects in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), an area in which the Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) was focusing on.
As far as the conferences related to SCORE, there would be, for example, the upcoming Hydropower Association conference in Kuching in May.
The government would use this as a platform to showcase how they could move forward in terms of hydropower utilisation and related technologies. All the events around SCORE offer a perfect opportunity for stakeholders to network with others who were also active in sub-sector business.
The Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) responsible for the conventional tourism, hopes to see more funds allocated for the tourism sector in the future. Under the Tenth Malaysia Plan, the state government had allocated a five year RM30 million fund to cover all tourism activities as well as its operation costs to the board, which made RM6 million a year.
This was however deemed too low by STB which meant that funds need to be raised from private investors to ensure the tourism industry stays on track.
by Jonathan Wong, firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCES: THE BORNEO POST, 26 MARCH 2013, TUES
FRANKFURT, March 25 (Bernama) — Tourism Malaysia’s new Frankfurt director will not only reach out to the tourism and travel trade but also directly communicate with the German consumers through a reach-out strategy that aims to add to the shine of Malaysia’s image as an attractive tourist destination.
Maizan Ahmad, who assumed the post of director of Tourism Malaysia’s Frankfurt office just two months back, said she would not just promote business-to-business contacts but also sharpen the consumer awareness about Malaysia’s attributes as an attractive destination that would especially appeal to German tourists.
“It is equally important to directly communicate with the German consumers who are known to be passionate about foreign travel, and experience new lands and cultures,” Maizan said in an interview with Bernama.
German tourists spent a mind-boggling 65 billion Euros (about RM262.3 billion) during 2012 on travel and tourism-related activities, according to Maizan.
“German tourists are among the world’s top spending-tourists. Indeed, travel is an important part of a German’s life. Germans are trend-setters.
“But Germany is also a challenging market. There has been a shift in the ranking of Germany which was until a couple of years back the second highest source of tourism traffic to Malaysia, behind the UK, in Europe.
“Meanwhile, Germany has been overtaken by France in terms of tourist arrivals in Malaysia … while 131,277 German tourists were clocked in Malaysia in 2012, we received 136,172 French tourists visited Malaysia in the same year.
“In 2011, we had 124,670 German tourists visiting Malaysia compared with 127,980 French tourists,” Maizan said.
“One possible reason for the surge in French traffic could be the air connectivity. AirAsia operated a daily flight to Paris until early 2012, in addition to the daily flight operated by Malaysia Airlines,” she explained adding that in contrast, MAS operates only five flights a week to Frankfurt.
“Consequently, our strategy is to also work with foreign airlines which operate flights to Malaysia through their hubs, even though these are not direct flights which German tourists usually prefer to take,” she said.
But she is also planning to intensify contacts with German tour and travel operators and also going to break into a niche segment — the upper-market segment — in the area of luxury travel and lifestyle.
Also on the cards are several events planned in Germany in connection with the Visit Malaysia Year 2014, which would include organising familiarisation tours for travel and tour operators as well as the media.
By Manik Mehta
SEPANG, March 21 (Bernama) — Hosting Formula One (F1) race, the biggest motorsports event in Malaysia, has proved to be a good investment, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Thursday.
The Prime Minister said the Malaysian Grand Prix which was incepted in 1999 and this year marking its 15th edition, created thousands of jobs.
“In 2011 alone, the Grand Prix here in Malaysia created over 4,700 jobs,” he said in his message published in the event’s official programme book.
He said over the course of the Grand Prix this weekend, “100,000 spectators will come to this country, many will stay longer, unwinding on one of our beautiful islands or ancient forest.”
He added that when the race was first held, Malaysia was just emerging on the international stage.
“Our most iconic building, Kuala Lumpur’s Twin Towers, had just opened. In fact, our whole country was opening up to the world. Welcoming new investors, new tourists, new opportunities and a new race circuit here in Sepang,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chairman, Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir noted that through the publicity and media exposure on F1 in Malaysia, it had generated a great marketing and promotional platform for the country.
“While it seemed like Formula 1 was all about entertainment and fun, the economic impact and world exposure it gave Malaysia was clear, quantifiable, justifiable and cost effective.
“Tens of thousands of foreign visitors come to enjoy the Grand Prix weekend and travel to other parts of the country before and after the race,” he added.
Mokhzani said: “With all the requirements that the sport needs, to host teams, drivers, fans and the public, it always brings out the best in SIC, Kuala Lumpur and Malaysians.”
Three Formula One teams with Malaysian connections — Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, Lotus F1 Team and Caterham F1 Team — once again are expected to draw a large number of spectators to the circuit this year.
The second leg of the World Formula 1 Championship at the Sepang Circuit starts tomorrow with the official practice session.
MUMBAI, India–20 Mar–PRNewswire/ InfoQuest
After a successful Routes Asia in Mumbai which saw over 700 hundred delegates in attendance, more than ever before, GVK’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) have officially handed the event over to Kuching, Sarawak the host destination for Routes Asia 2014.
Building on the success of this year’s event the largest route development forum for the entire Asia region will take place on 9-11 March 2014 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia hosted by the Ministry of Tourism Sarawak and co-hosted by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.
Speaking at the official handover ceremony which took place earlier today in Mumbai Honourable Datuk Amar Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Bin Tun Abang Haji Openg, Minister for Tourism for Sarawak said: “We are indeed grateful to Routes for giving us the opportunity to be associated with such a prestigious event. This is a great honour for Sarawak to be highlighted among prominent airlines and airports fraternity at this important event. Needless to say, we are the host for your Routes Asia 2014 and I have come personally to Mumbai to welcome all of you to Kuching when the event unveils itself next year in March.”
Mohamed Sallauddin Mat Sah, General Manager Marketing for Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad said: “After pioneering the Routes Asia forum in 2003, Malaysia Airports is proud to see this event grow in number by leaps and bounds. And now, partnering with the Sarawak’s Tourism Ministry in co-hosting this event next year in Kuching is very special for Malaysia Airports as it highlights the synergies and symbiotic relationship between an airport and the tourism authority in destination marketing to enhance air connectivity. This initiative also underlines our commitment to develop key regional international airports in Malaysia. We await the arrival of the delegates of Routes Asia 2014 to be mesmerised by what the city of Kuching and Sarawak can offer.”
Air transport to Sarawak is served by four major airports; Kuching International Airport, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri Airports and as the region has frequent air links from major aviation hubs Kuching is one of the most accessible cities in Malaysia. Flights to Kuching are available from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which is served by more than 50 carriers.
Sarawak, known as the Land of the Hornbills, is the largest of the Malaysian states and is situated on the island of Borneo. Home to the world’s oldest tropical rainforests it is abundant in wildlife including rare and endangered species such as the orang-utan and the hornbill. The historic capital city of Kuching has a population of around 600,000 and dates back hundreds of years when traders from China and the West would travel there to trade the exotic treasures of the rainforest. Today Kuching remains the central hub and gateway to Sarawak.
“We are delighted that Routes Asia will be returning to Malaysia in 2014,” says David Stroud, Executive Vice President, Routes explaining: “Malaysia has a special place in the history and development of this event as the first three Routes Asia events were hosted there and, as such, our co-hosts next year, Malaysia Airport, played a key role in helping the event get established. Sarawak is a location of outstanding natural beauty, a place where you can visit rainforests, encounter orang-utan and hornbills.
This place is full of natural wonders whilst at the same time equipped with the state-of-the art infrastructure of a leading economy and we are looking forward to welcoming even more members of the aviation community in Kuching next year.”
This will be the fifth time that a Routes event has taken place in Malaysia. In 2003 the first Routes Asia event, also the first ever Routes regional event, was held in Sepang hosted by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad who went on to host Routes Asia for the following two years and World Routes 2008 in Kuala Lumpur.
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- Routes organises world-renowned airline and airport networking events
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global event and one regional event in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and CIS
- Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK?based ASM Ltd., a
consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports.
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- Routes and ASM were acquired by UBM Aviation Worldwide Ltd in August 2010.
From 1st August 2012 Routes, ASM and the Airport Cities Conference and Exhibition
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 (Bernama) — The feasibility study for the high-speed rail system (HSR) Phase 1B, which will be completed by June, will comprise economic benefit analysis, strategic implementation plan and the required technical or engineering components for the project.
HSR, which will connect Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, is one of the nine entry point projects (EPPs) under the National Key Economic Areas which is Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley, said the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu), a unit in the Prime Minister’s Department.
“The feasibility study for the rail connection will be completed in the first half of the year and will be finalised by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) before being presented to Malaysia’s Economic Council,” it said in the 2012 Annual Report of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) released Tuesday.
The agency, which oversees the ETP implementation, said a final decision on the rail connection was expected by the end of the year after taking into account results from the study, which would include negotiations and discussions with the Singapore government.
Among the issues to be looked into include the final alignment and location of stations along the route, the project’s macro-economic impact to both Malaysia and Singapore and potential environmental and social impact of the HSR.
Meanwhile, the mass rapid transit (MRT) is expected to be a strong catalyst for economic activity, creating jobs from both its construction and its operation.
“At the same time, the greater connectivity and access provided by the MRT is expected to raise property values by an estimated RM300 million in gross development value,” Pemandu said.
Four areas that are expected to benefit are the Rubber Research Institute Development, Sungai Buloh; Warisan Merdeka; Tun Razak Exchange and the Cochrane Development.
Pemandu said the construction of the MRT remained on track with Phase One to be completed by December 2016.
In efforts to strengthen a unique identity and heritage of Kuala Lumpur, an integrated cultural tourism park known as “Malaysia Truly Asia Centre”, will be built on 26.264 hectares of land, bordered by the Tugu Peringatan, Padang Merbok and Bank Negara’s Lanai Kijang residential complex and Istana Selangor.
The park, which will provide visitors a snapshot of rich and diverse offerings of nature that can be found throughout Malaysia, will be launched in the fourth quarter of the year and would be wholly managed by Themed Attraction Resorts, a subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional.
Besides, the government has also established and upgraded Heritage Trails, an initiative to develop guided pedestrian trails through landmark sites such as Dataran Merdeka, Medan Pasar and Central Market.
These trails will be supported by additional information facilities such as trail maps, write-ups and guided walks to help tourists to better recognise and understand the significance of these landmarks.
So far, three routes have been identified which are Heritage Trail 1 (Masjid Negara-Dataran Merdeka), Heritage Trail 2 (Masjid Jamek-Pusat Perhutanan Bukit Nanas) and Heritage Trail 3 (Medan Pasar-Hang Kasturi-Jalan Petaling-Lebuh Pudu-Bangkok Bank).
KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 (Bernama) — The Rural Basic Infrastructure National Key Result Areas (RBI NKRA) has evolved from focusing on basic infrastructure development to overall rural transformation or now identified as NKRA Rural Development, in the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) 2.0.
In the GTP 2012 Annual report prepared by the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) under the Prime Minister’s Department, the NKRA will also include the 21st Century Village Programme as a key anchor in the second workstream, apart from completing infrastructure that has been proposed but yet to be implemented under the GTP 1.0.
According to the report, these include developing large scale modern farms, enhancing or upgrading eco or agro tourism villages, increasing production of village traditional foods and handicrafts and enhancing production of palm oil, rubber or sago.
The initiatives would benefit 6.5 million rural residents, which is an increase of two million from the previous target.
The report also states that the GTP 2.0 will focus more on improving the income of rural residents to reverse the trend of urban diaspora.
From the aspect of infrastructure development, the NKRA under GTP 2.0 will ensure that up to 99 percent of rural residents will have access to roads, treated water supply, 24-hour electricity and effective maintenance of all these projects.
In 2012, the GTP 1.0 focused more on developing infrastructure in remote areas with easy accessibilities, which had benefited 2,214,000 rural residents in the peninsula, 1,107,000 in Sabah and 1,178,000 in Sarawak.
Among the achievements of the first phase of the GTP are sealed roads stretching 3,349.6km, construction and rehabilitation of houses totaling 53,376, electricity supply to 95,300 houses, and water supply to 297,067 houses.
These results were attributed to the 450 percent commitment to facilitate road construction, 600 percent commitment to facilitate water supply connection, 310 percent commitment to facilitate electricity supply connection and 180 percent commitment to facilitate construction and rehabilitation of houses.
Meanwhile, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said in the report that the country’s achievements would have been a failure if there were no rural transformation.
“Considering that about 30 percent of the population or almost 8.1 million people are living in the interior, it is crucial that they are provided basic infrastructures such as good roads, treated water supply and reliable electricity supply,” he said.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s world-class infrastructure has not only put the country on the map, but it has also led to increased job creation, investment and domestic spending.
During the tenure of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the country built some of the world’s finest highways and ports as well as the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the Sepang F1 circuit.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s infrastructure projects include the covered pedestrian walkways in the Klang Valley and the proposed high-speed rail project between Singapore and Kuala Lum-pur.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said having world-class infrastructure had opened up the nation’s economy.
In citing the KLCC – Pavilion elevated pedestrian walkway as an example, Dr Ng said seven million people had used it within the first three months since it was opened by Najib early last year.
A total of 31.9 million people had used the stretch in 2012.
“The walkway offers greater accessibility, comfort and security for shoppers.
“It is very clear that our infrastructures have opened up the tourism industry,” she added.
Similar walkways will be built including the NKRA for Urban Public Transport proposing four skywalks and covered walkways in Kuala Lumpur, with construction expected to start this year.
They are Pudu Sentral Walkway (from Plaza Rakyat to Pasar Seni LRT stations), Bandaraya Walkway (linking Bandaraya LRT station to Sultan Ismail Skywalk), Wangsa Walk (connecting Wangsa Walk mall and Sri Rampai LRT station) and Wangsa Maju Walkway (from TAR college to Jusco Wangsa Maju with connection to Wangsa Maju LRT station).
Meanwhile, the high-speed rail link will reduce travel between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to a 90-minute journey and would comprise two services – express and transit.
The express service will connect Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, while the transit service will stop at smaller towns in Johor, Malacca and Negri Sembilan.
Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said the high-speed rail link would have a direct and indirect economic impact.
“Stations along the alignment will also have the opportunity to leverage on the improved connectivity offered by the high-speed service to attract not only investors and businessmen, but also visitors and tourists,” he said.
SPAD chief executive officer Mohd Nur Kamal Mohd Nur concurred, saying that besides fares, there would also be non-fare derived revenue such as property development in and around stations, integrated station complexes as well as retail spaces.
By EILEEN NG
MUMBAI, March 18 (Bernama) — Sensing the good business potential inherent in film shooting by foreign filmmakers at its studio facilities, the Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios (PIMS) recently (March 12-14) staged roadshows in Mumbai with a view to attracting Bollywood filmmakers.
Representatives of PIMS held meetings with interlocutors from the Bollywood film industry and, later, organized a reception in Mumbai.
“We can offer a fully-integrated production facility, equipped with film studios, television studios and post-production facilities which will set a new benchmark for the region,” a PIMS representative told Bernama.
Strategically located in Southeast Asia, the studios in the state of Johor are a flagship development of Iskandar Malaysia.
PIMS is also trying to attract Bollywood filmmakers offering them “attractive incentives”, according to the representative. Malaysia’s film-promotion agency FINAS has also been offering incentives and, mainly, logistical support to foreign filmmakers.
The Mumbai office of Tourism Malaysia coordinates with Bollywood filmmakers though, as its director Manoharan Periasamy pointed out, Tourism Malaysia can facilitate contacts with Malaysian studios but not directly provide any financial incentives which come under the purview of the dedicated agency dealing with film production by foreign filmmakers.
Meanwhile, the state of Sarawak has invited a number of Indian filmmakers to the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Kuching on March 27.
The idea behind getting Indian filmmakers to shoot films in Malaysia is also aimed at attracting Indian tourism traffic.
Films shot at a particular destination with popular movie stars, invariably, lead to a surge in tourism traffic from the public.
This was evident in the case of Malaysia which noticed a sharp rise in inbound Indian tourism traffic after the release of the Shah Rukh Khan starrer “Don” which was extensively shot in Malaysia.
Both Singapore and Thailand have pursued this strategy to attract Indian tourists: both countries have hosted the Indian International Film Awards and provided facilities to Indian filmmakers, resulting in a surge in tourism traffic from India.
“Bollywood films constitute a key element of entertainment in India, and wield a strong influence over Indian viewers,” Manoharan said in an interview with Bernama in his Mumbai office.
“India is the second biggest source of tourism for Malaysia after China. Indeed, India is one of the top six markets in Malaysia,” Manoharan said.
Malaysia has also become a popular destination for “wedding tourism” — also known in Indian circles as the “big fat Indian weddings”.
Thailand has been marketing itself as an attractive wedding destination, but Malaysia’s share is increasing, according to Manoharan.
Langkawi is a popular destination of the “big fat Indian wedding” tourists. However, such weddings are also characterised by demands on the hosts because guests invited to weddings expect, in the Indian tradition, to be taken care of by the hosting hotels which, often, have to provide for a round-the-clock kitchen service.
Some 700,000 Indian tourists were clocked in Malaysia in 2012, but Manoharan is confident that the numbers will further rise in the future.
Given the spending behaviour of Indian tourists, tourism from India tends to benefit not only those directly linked with the tourism and travel trade, including hotels and ground transportation operators, but also has beneficial spillover effects on other segments of the economy.
Indian tourists are infatuated with foreign shopping, and are known to spend large sums of money on buying jewellery, electronics and other luxury items.
The launch in summer this year of a joint venture airline by Malaysia’s AirAsia in partnership with India’s TATA Group for domestic flight service, will also, in the final analysis, help bolster traffic to India because the points which the new airline will serve, will invariably connect with AirAsia’s flights to Malaysian airports.
The Indian Government has already approved the joint venture project.
Since Malaysia has Asia’s largest Indian diaspora of 2.6 million people, Indians feel very much “at home” in Malaysia which shares many common features with India, according to Manoharan.
By Manik Mehta
SHAH ALAM: Police have detained a 47-year-old man in connection with the robbery and rape of an American teacher.
The suspect was detained at about 5am at his home in Jalan Klang Lama on Wednesday and has been remanded until March 19.
Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mohd Adnan Abdullah said the suspect is believed to be one of the three men involved in the abduction, robbery and rape of the 24-year-old woman.
“We are still looking for his two accomplices. We hope to arrest them soon,” he said yesterday.
SAC Mohd Adnan said prior to the incident, the victim had hailed a taxi near a shopping mall in Mutiara Damansara at about 6pm on Monday.
“She had requested to be sent to her home in Damansara Perdana but the taxi driver stopped a few minutes later to pick up another man.
“Some 10 minutes later, the taxi stopped again as he claimed the taxi had run out of gas,” he said, adding that the victim was then transferred to a van driven by a third man.
He said the victim was driven to a house near the PLUS expressway where she was raped by one man.
“However, the next day the van driver helped the victim to escape. She boarded a bus to Sungai Pelek, Sepang and lodged a police report,” he said.
He also refuted some media reports that said the teacher was raped by more than one man.
“Some reports said she was raped by two, some said three men and some even 15 men.
“That is not true. We believe she was raped by one man,” he said.
SAC Adnan said the medical examination report showed that victim was raped and that she sustained injuries on her arms and legs.
“The victim was also robbed of her mobile phone and RM300,” he said.
Asked whether the suspect detained was the taxi driver, SAC Adnan only confirmed the man had a criminal record for robbery.
By FARIK ZOLKEPLI