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					                          Embassy of Italy



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                               Speech by
     H.E. Alessandro Busacca, Ambassador of Italy to Malaysia,
    at the bestowal of the insignia of Grande Ufficiale OSSI upon
    Dato’ Sri Idris Jala, Managing Director and Chief Executive
                     Officer of Malaysia Airlines
                  (Kuala Lumpur, 26 March 2009)


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                      Kuala Lumpur, 26 March 2009




                                                     check against delivery
        Bestowal of the insignia of Grande Ufficiale OSSI upon
 Dato’ Sri Idris Jala, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of
                           Malaysia Airlines


                            Kuala Lumpur, 26 March 2009



Good afternoon,

Yang Berbahagia
Dato’ Sri Idris Jala,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Distinguished guests,


       I am honoured to officiate today the ceremony of the bestowal upon Dato’
        Sri Idris Jala of the Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta’ Italiana in the
        grade of Grande Ufficiale.

       The Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta’ Italiana (OSSI) was established
        to honour all those – Italian citizens or foreigners – who from abroad have
        given contributions of the highest order to fostering the links of friendship
        between their countries of residence and Italy.

       This is the case of Dato’ Sri Idris Jala, a man of great esteem and prestige,
        among the most prominent and successful in the economy of Malaysia.

       As Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airlines,
        Dato’ Sri Idris Jala played a key role in strengthening the cooperation
        between Italy and Malaysia in the civilian air transport sector, which is
        essential to deepen the mutual understanding between our countries
        through direct people-to-people contacts, with beneficial effects in terms of
        tourism and exchanges between the respective business communities.
   Malaysia Airlines currently has a code-sharing agreement with Alitalia and
    operates four weekly return flights to Rome.

   I would also like to mention, among the most recent contributions of Dato’
    Sri Idris Jala to the industrial cooperation between Malaysia and Italy, are
    the commercial agreements with ATR (an Italian-French joint venture) for
    the supply of ATR72-500s aircrafts to be operated by Firefly and
    Maswings.

   This is the first major inroad for a company which is 50% Italian into the
    provision of civilian aircrafts in Malaysia and we look forward to further
    cooperate in this field also in light of the steady growth of regional air
    transport business in South East Asia.

   In this context, the future establishment of a regional MRO (maintenance,
    repair and overhaul) centre for ATR aircrafts in Subang is another
    important step.

   My government is particularly pleased with the results of such cooperation
    and looks forward to its further development and has decided to recognize
    the role of one of its main promoters, Dato’ Sri Idris Jala.

   Therefore, I am now pleased to bestow the insignia of Grande Ufficiale of
    the Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta’ Italiana upon Dato’ Sri Idris Jala
    in the name of the President of the Republic of Italy.