PM arrives in Ankara for second part of official visit


ANKARA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob attended a series of programs including attending exchanges of several Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) in the second part of his official visit to Turkey.

He witnessed exchanges of memorandums of understanding between Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) and two Turkish universities – Karadeniz Technical University and Karabuk University (Unika) – as well as an agreement document between Boustead Holdings Berhad and Great East Capital Bigli Teknologi Yatirimlari.

He also visited the country’s two major players in the field of defense and aerospace: respectively MKE Corporation and Turkish Aerospace Industries.

The special plane carrying Ismail Sabri and his delegation from Istanbul landed at Ankara Esenboga International Airport at 11:10 a.m. (4:10 p.m. Malaysian time) yesterday.

He was received by Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar before inspecting a guard of honour.

Also present were Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah; the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba; Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (Special Duties) Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad and Deputy Governor of Ankara Berkay Govcinar.

Ismail Sabri arrived in Turkiye on Tuesday where he visited Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, owned by Malaysia Airports, and met with nine companies and private companies linked to the Turkish government.

He is also due to have a four-eye meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today at the presidential complex in Ankara, followed by a Malaysia-Turkiye delegation meeting.

Earlier, while having lunch with Malaysians residing in Turkey, Ismail Sabri said that rising inflation and prices of essential items were not only felt in Malaysia but almost everywhere in the world.

He said some countries were facing higher inflation rates due to the surge in demand for goods and services since economies reopened after the pandemic.

This included Turkey which recorded increases in food prices almost every week, he added.

He pointed out that the inflation rate in Turkey reached 78%, the highest in 24 years, compared to 2.8% in Malaysia.

Ismail Sabri, who is on a four-day official visit to the republic, said what made Malaysia different from most other countries was the government subsidy rate, which topped RM77.7 billion.

Meanwhile, Malays staying or studying in Turkey admitted to being hit by inflation, with the costs of transport, food and household items seeing the biggest increases, with the cost of transport doubling over the course of the year.

University student Muhammad Hafiz Ali said prices for food and amenities, including airfares, had also risen sharply due to inflation.

“What we are facing now is very bad. Inflation rose sharply. Air fares now start at 1,800 lira (RM462) and can go up to 2,000 lira (RM514) compared to just 799 lira (RM205) previously.

“If you take the bus, the ticket used to cost only 200 (RM51) to 300 lira (RM77), but now it can go up to 900 lira (RM231),” said Muhammad Hafiz, who is studying in a town near Turkey. Armenian border.

The biggest challenge for Nurbalqis Abdul Rashid is the rent for his house which has gone from 1,100 lira (RM282) to 2,500 lira (RM642).

“The difference is huge and when we try to find a new house to rent, the cheapest would be around 4,000 lira (RM1,028) a month and most landlords don’t like foreign tenants.

“The prices of goods are increasing every week, especially food products,” she said. — Bernama


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