Questions Time, 14 May 2008

May 14, 2008

Soalan No. 48:

Tuan Wee Choo Keong [Wangsa Maju] minta Menteri Pengangkutan menyatkan kenapa Kerajaan enggan untuk melaksanakan dasar pernebangan secara liberal (Open Skies) dan membenarkan MAS beroperasi secara tambang murah untuk perkhidmatan rakyat Malaysia dan kenapa perlu membenarkan syarikat swasta AirAsia untuk memonopoli pewrkhjidmatan tersebut.

Tuan Wee Choo Keong [Wangsa Maju] to ask the Minister of Tansport to state why the government refused to have a liberalised national aviation policy of “Open Skies” and allow MAS to also operate a low cost service to serve Malaysians and why was there a need to allow a private company like AirAsia to monopolise such services.

Jawapan:

Dakwaan Yang Berhormat bahawa Malaysia enggan untuk melaksanakan dasar penerbangan secara ‘Open Sky” adalah idak tepat. Untuk makluman Yang Berhormat, Malaysian sememangnya menawarkan perjajian berbentuk ‘Open Skies’ kepada semua Negara-negara asinbg. Walau bagaimapun, peneroimaannya adalah tertakluk kepada kesediaan Negara-negara tersebut. Setakat ini, kita telah mengadakan perjanjian berbentuk ‘Open Skies’ dengan berberapa buah Negara seperti Amerika Syarikat, Emirah Arab Bersatu, Negara-negara Scandinavia, New Zealand, Yemen, Austria dan Taiwan. Perjanjian berbentuk ‘Open Skies’ ini membenarkan syarikat pernerbangan kedua-dua buah Negara mengadakan perkhidmatan tanpa had kepasti, frekuensi dan jenis pesawar yang ingin digunakan.

Berhubung dengan perkhidmatan udara yang disediakan oleh syarikat-syarikat penerbangan tempatan, adalah dimaklumkan bahawa kerajaan telah melaksanakan rationalisasi perkhidmatan udara domestic pada tahun 2006. Berdasarkan rasionnalisasi perkhidmatan udara ini, MAS telah ditetapkan untuk menjalan operasi domestic secara penerbangan perkhidmatan penuh (full service carrier – FSC) manakala AirAsia menyediuakan perkhidmatan domestick secara tambang murah (low cost carrier – LCC).

Selaras dengan keputusan tersebut, kedua-dua syarikat telah meneyediakan perkhidmatan berdasarkan model perniagaan masing-masing, dengan mensasarkan kepada pasaran penumpang yang berbeza. Walau bagaimanapun, wujud persaingan yang sihat di natara kedua-dua buah syarikat. Ini dapart dilihat dari segi promosi kedua-dua buah syarikat penerbangan untuk menarik penumpang-penumpang berasaskan kadar tambang dan perkhidmatan yang ditawarkan dari masa ke semasa.

Untuk makluman YB juga, pada ketika ini MAS tiada cadangan untuk mengedalikan perkhidmatannya secara LCC. Di samping itu, Kerajaan juga tidak menerima sebarang permohonan daripada mana-mana syarikat lain untuk mengadakan perkhidmatan LCC.

Namun, sekiranya terdapat permohonan daripada mana-mana pihak untuk menjalankan operasi penerbangan secara tambang murah, Kerajaan perlu mengambil kira pelbagaoi factor seperti saiz pasaran, viability operasi dan beberapa factor yang lain di dalam mempertimbangkan permohonan ini. Ini adalah bagi mengelakkan berlakunya persaingan yang tidak sihat di antara syarikat-syarikat penerbangan tempatan yang mana akhirnya akan merugikan semua pihak termasuk penguna.

Note:

It is very obvious that the Government is doing everything it can to protect AirAisa from competition. For example, in Singapore, Singapore Airline was allowed to have a low cost carrier. Why in Malaysia, MAS was not allowed to have a low cost carrier to provide air service to the people?

Why must the government be so protective of AirAsia? Competition is always healthy and the public will benefit from competition. Look at the telecommunication industry (mobile phone), the service providers had to provide all kinds of products and services to please the consumers and there were no problems. The public benefited from such competition.

The Government should immediately stop interfering in the aviation industry and stop carrying on protecting AirAsia. We should have an Open Skies policy.

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2 Responses to “Questions Time, 14 May 2008”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Wee,
    Pardon my ignorance but as you said before, the answers you are getting (LLCT, Air Asia) have been unsatisfactory.

    It seems to me then, for most situations, the Parliament are just a sessi soal jawab and nothing more.

    We all know that Air Asia have been given the 5 star treatment by the G and some of the goodies they are getting are not to the best interest of the rakyat.

    So, if you don’t ming me asking, what else can be done other than asking questions and getting so so answers? What are you going to do?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    YB Weed ashould keep on pushing the government to stop subsidising a private company. Wew need taxpayers money for building of schools, roads, hospitals. AirAsia is so rich, so much so that it has been reported to have made more than RM100 million by adding the tax allowance granted by the government.

    We must all campaign agaionst BN goivermnent for abusing public fund to help a private company.

    Of course, we know Tony Fernandes was very helpful to Sharizat in Lembah Pantai by speaking for her! What a helpful corporate leader!

    Luckily he didn’t help the PR candidate and if he did the PR candidate would have lost.


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