The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) will close Sungai Besi Air Base in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 30 November.

The decision follows the signing of a purchase agreement between government-owned strategic development company 1Malaysia Development (1MDB) and the federal land commissioner for the transfer of 196.6ha of Sungai Besi Airport land to 1MDB.

RMAF chief Tan Sri Rodzali Daud said he expected the development and transfer to be completed in 2016, with the RMAF Subang Air Base operating as the command and control centre while the proposed Sendayan air base would be for flight training and Kuantan would house other assets.

“This is to enable 1MDB to start preparing the groundwork for the 1Malaysia people’s housing project,” Bernama quotes Rodzali as saying.

“However, we are still in discussion with 1MDB on relocation of assets, infrastructure and existing facilities from the air base such as logistics, squadrons, accommodation and officer mess to new bases in Subang and Sendayan as well as Kuantan,” He added.

Subsequent to the closure, the Sungai Besi Air Base will only be operational for helicopters.