SHAH ALAM: Like other units based at the Sg Besi (Sempang) airport, the PDRM Air Wing Unit is moving out as the land there had been earmarked for re-development.
The Sg Besi base was the Air Wing’s main operating base in the peninsula apart from the training base in Ipoh. The Air Wing also operates from two other bases namely in Kuching, Sarawak and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Although the facilities at Sg Besi remained operational, the air assets have been dispersed at the other airports pending the completion of a new air base in Subang, slated to be completed in April, next year. The new air base is located in between the Ara Damansara Medical Centre and the Petronas Fuel Depot.
It is expected that the new air base will be operational by late 2016 or early 2017. The new air base is being developed by 1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) the developer of the Sg Besi airport land for the Home Ministry and ultimately, the police.
Among others the new air base will have a five storey office cum hangar building, officer’s mess, multi-function hall, an aircraft storm shelter, transport store and others. Unfortunately, there is no spare land for quarters at the location or in nearby areas. Perhaps they will reserved some space for the quarters when the Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia land in Sg Buloh is re-developed.
The turnkey contractor is Perbadanan Perwira Harta Malaysia (PPHM), a subsidiary of the Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT), the Armed Forces provident fund. PPHM is also the turnkey contractor for the other units moving out from Sg Besi airport, namely the RMAF – Sendayan , Kuantan and Subang airbases and the 31 Rejimen Artileri Di Raja camp in Kajang.
All of these facilities are expected to be completed in 2016 or early 2017. Apart from these para-military facilities, PPHM is also the developer of the former DBKL housing area in Jalan Cochrane, Kuala Lumpur.
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