Your MP's Question of the Week #46

The Abdullah Badawi government, for some reasons, has been most caring and generous with Air Asia.

The patronage and molly-coddling it receives seems to make the budget airline appears to be the “most favoured son or company.”  What it asks for, it gets. It can do no wrong. The budget airline can even avoid forwarding airport tax it has collected on behalf of the authority and get away with it. For lesser folks and companies, when taxes are owed, the offence is liable for a hefty fine and maybe even a jail term.

But not Air Asia. It’s like the spoilt brat who can do no wrong and get anything it wishes.

For instance, the existing LCCT, originally costing about RM90 million, was built for Air Asia with lightning speed and completed in a matter of months. Last year, the Badawi government spent another RM124 million to extend it — bringing the total cost of the LCCT to around RM214 million. Now, the CEO of Air Asia, Datuk Tony Fernandes, wants another LCCT at Labu and this Badawi government is flip-flopping from yes, no and now ‘under discussion.’

So it does appear that, at all material times, the Badawi government is a considerate government and that’s why it has also allowed Air Asia to owe airport tax to the tune of RM140 million since 2002. How caring and generous indeed! I believe the Badawi government must have also helped other public listed companies in a similar way. But how about also helping the ordinary rakyat to appear to be a fair and good government to all?

Should the Badawi government, in all fairness, also extends its caring and generous attitude to the ordinary rakyat by allowing each and every rakyat to owe income tax and whatever other taxes, much like what Air Asia is doing?

– Terjemahan oleh Lee Wee Tak – Ucapan ribuan terima kasih dari Wee Choo Keong –

Soalan Mingguan WR Anda ke-46

Pentadbiran Abdullah Badawi, dengan sebab-sebab tertentu, amat murah hati terhadap Air Asia.

Perlindungan nan diterimanya menjadikan syarikat penerbangan murah kelihatan sebagai “anak / syarikat tersayang”. Apa yang dia pinta, dia dapat. Ia tidak boleh bersalah. Ia pun boleh minta suupaya tidak perlu menyerahkan cukai lapangan terbang yang dikutip buat pihak pihak berkuasa dan dapat meloloskan diri daripada sebarang tindakan. Bagi pihak dan syarikat yang tidak mempunyai kedudukan nan kurang secara perbandingan, kesalahan seumpama ini mendatangkan denda berat ataupun terjerumus dalam penjara.

Tetapi Air Asia tidak tertakluk kepada semua ini. Ia semacam anak manja yang tidak mungkin bersalah dan boleh mendapatkan apa yang diingininya.

Contohnya, bagi LCCT yang sedia ada, yang menelan belanja RM90 juta, telah dibina untuk Air Asia dengan pantas dan disiap dalam beberapa bulan. Pada tahun lalu, pentadbiran Badawi telah membelanjakan RM124 juta lagi bagi membesarkannya dan menjadikan jumlah belanja sebanyak RM124 juta. Kini, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Air Asia, Datuk Tony Fernandes, membuat permintaan supaya satu lagi LCCT dibina Labu dan pentadbiran Badawi ini bertukar-tukar pendirian daripada bersetuju, menolak dan kini “masih dibincang”.’

Nampaknya pada waktu-waktu penting, pentadbiran Badawi merupakan pentadbiran yang bertimbang rasa dan sebab itulah ia membenarkan Air Asia berhutang cukai lapangan terbang sebanyak RM140 juta semenjak 2002. Amat murah hati dan bertimbang rasa! Saya percaya penttadbiran Badawi juga pernah menolong syarikat tersenarai lain dengan pendekatan yang sama. Tetapi bagaimana pula dengan menolong rakyat jelata pada amnya supaya membolehkan pentadbiran ini kelihatan saksama untuk semua?

Patutkah pentadbiran Badawi memperluaskan sikap penuh bertimbang rasa dan murah hati membenarkan semua rakyat jelata berhutang cukai pendapatan dan lain-lain cukai seperti Air Asia?

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20 thoughts on “Your MP's Question of the Week #46

  1. Melayu Jati

    YB Wee, what a good sense of humour you have!

    When everything around us these days are so frustrating and disgusting like a circus with its acts falling apart and flat on the face, you come up with something like this.

    I am ROTFLOL. What? We can owe taxes like Air Asia? Dream on!

    Still, the question of the week is funny. At least you made me laugh during a time when all is so gloomy.

    Syabas, YB!

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  2. de minimis

    YBro

    I like the way you have set up this MP Question of the Week. The tax-paying rakyat needs to know that the government cares. Tax cuts is one of policies that the government should be encouraged to take. It’s benefits are direct.

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  3. MatYeh

    Esei-eseinya pernah diterbitkan oleh Malaysiakini, Asia Times Online, the Edge, the Sun, Tamadun, The Star, Opinion Asia, The Malaysian Insider, Suara Keadilan dan Harakah. Nik Nazmi juga pernah muncul di BBC World Service, Channel News Asia, Bernama TV, Astro Awani dan TV9 untuk memberi pandangan tentang isu-isu semasa. Pada tahun 2001 beliau mengasaskan SuaraAnum.com, sebuah majalah web untuk anak muda. Beliau pernah bercakap di pelbagai acara termasuk anjuran Majlis Shura Muslimun, Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Pelajar Islam Malaysia (PKPIM), the Majlis Peguam, Youth for Change, Nanyang Siang Pau, British Council, MPP UIA dan Institut Kajian Dasar.

    Beliau turut mengasaskan Pusat Tuisyen Sukarelawan Desa Mentari pada 2007 dengan seorang bekas pendidik dan sekumpulan profesional muda bagi membimbing pelajar-pelajar sekolah rendah dari flat kos rendah.

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  4. CON AIR

    Very nice YB,
    Sometimes we need to be sarcastic, to be realistic when dealings with the idiotic who loves everything plastics (he,he,he … I am getting very philosophical esp. on weekend)

    YB, I do hope you expose MAS three bailouts also (latest being RM3.7 billions in 2007), only then you can see the common factor.
    See clue below.

    Khazanah managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar said yesterday although MAS had been restructured with leadership and capital structure in place, these were not enough to turn it into a regional champion.
    “We’ve been quietly active in the last 18 months, scanning the world and talking to parties including Qantas,” he added after a media briefing yesterday.
    On Khazanah’s participation in MAS’ rights issue last year, he said it was not a bailout as it was participation via the open market.
    “We don’t do that lightly. We made sure they had right leadership in place and right business turnaround plan in place,” Azman added.
    Source: The Star 20 January 2009

    Q&A: Fernandes pours out his frustrations
    “In terms of bailout, we’ve seen a lot of that. The entire banking industry in America (was bailed out) and America is virtually a socialist economy now. So it is all about if you have faith in a company and its ability to manage itself. I can’t guarantee you that this is the case. But I’ll just let our track record speak for itself.
    Source: Malaysiakini 29 January 2009

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  5. CON AIR

    Sorry, missing bit.

    “…..But I’ll just let our track record speak for itself. MAS has been bailed out three times.”

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  6. Tony The Con Man

    Con Air

    But Air Asia is waiting to be bailed out. Air Asia is a private company: Why is it getting all the handouts so easily? And it is hoping to get more.

    We must remember that Air Asia had to take delivery of 1 airbus every month and there are outstanding of 150 airbus planes to be taken up.

    Public should beware of buying plane tickets upfront because we do not know what is in store for us. At the end of the day, it may not be a saving because we may loose all.

    Tony, when are you going to pay the Air Asia debts of RM140 millions airport tax so that we can start owing our income tax?

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  7. Tan

    I like the question. I have had enough of politics from both sides. The country is in deep shit and yet the parties are wasting our times with their selfish politics.

    Why is Air Asia/Tony Fernadez are so powerful? Even the government under Badawi is so scared of them and dare not take actions. I think that it is high time that Pak Lah stop all his cronies from taking advantage of the rakyat’s monies.

    It is now time for the government to implement tax cuts if not let us owe income tax like Air Asia owing its airport tax from 2002 – mind you. I only need 2 years of owing income tax to tie me over.

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  8. Tingkat Empat

    Is Tingkat Empat boys connected to Air Asia?

    Is Tony Fernandez a closed associate or friend of Khairy?

    Who is Noni Mahmood? Is she the sister in law of Endon Mahmood? Please do not get me wrong. I am just asking who is she and nothing else. Please do not read too much into this.

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  9. Malaysia 64

    Mei chu, UMNO adalah kerajaan melayu. Apa yang UMNO dakwa ini adalah negara islam adalah kerana majorti penduduknya melayu yang beragama islam, tertapi UMNO mudah lupa kaum lain yang dilahirkan dimalaysia ini. Di china sahaja penduduk islam melebihi 27juta umat islam kalau dibandingkan dimalaysia! Malaysia adalah Negara berbilang bangsa dan agama. Disebabkan UMNO/MCA/MIC tertubuhlah BN yang menjaga kepentingan ketua dan kroni masing-masing daripada perpaduan rakyat berbilang bangsa dan agama dimalaysia ini. Maka MCA/MIC pun setuju malaysia negara islam janji parti MCA/MIC sebuah parti yang kaya! Oleh itu pilihan raya yang akan datang kita tolak sama sekali BN. OK

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  10. Malaysia 64

    YB, pasal airasia kita tak perlu risau kerana Tony anak buaya akan dimakan oleh buaya ganas najis dengan tahinya sekali sebab buaya malas pada 1/3/09 akan meninggalkan malaysia bersama jin-nya ke down under(austarila) bersama hasil kekayaanya.

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  11. Tony The Con Man

    Air Asia can owe airport tax, the rakyat can also owe income tax. Badawi is a caring man so he will agree to allow you and I to owe income tax or other taxes.

    Tan Sri Nor Yakop is also a very close friend of Tony Fernandez. Tan Sri Nor Yakop should be sacked for allowing Air asia to opwe more than RM140 million of airport tax. Bloody mamak is screwing up ythe country big time.

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  12. lee wee tak

    Contohnya, LCCT sedia ada yang menelan belanja RM900 juta telah dibina pantas khas untuk Air Asia dalam waktu beberapa bulan sahaja. Tahun lalu, pentadbiran Badawi membelanjakan RM124 juta lagi untuk memperbesarkannya – menjadikan jumlah belanja mencapai RM214 juta. Kini Ketua Pegawai Eksekuti Atir Asia, Datuk Tony Fernandes, minta satu lagi LCCT di Labu dan pentadbiran Badawi ini berganjak daripada ya, tidak dan kini “sedang dibincang”.

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  13. Ah Kow

    Tony said: Manchester United is asking Air Asia to sponsor its jerseys. Tony is still trying to bullshit us all. Air Asia can even pay teh airport tax of RM140 million, which it has collected from the members of the public, how could it possiblly sponsor Manchester United.

    Air Asia needs Labu vey badly to ensure that teh musical chair will keep moving otherwise Air Asia will be finished after Pak Lah is out.

    The fact that AIr Aisa is owing MAB more than RM140 millions, it is evident that it has no fund. In hte first place Air Asia shouldn’t be owing MAB the airport tax because hte passengers have already paid the airport tax to Air Asia. Tony should thank his good firend, Pak Lah, for allowing Air Asia to owe the airport tax. Thuis is a clkear case of abused of power by Air Asia / Tony.

    My advice to the potential cusotmers of Air Asia to be extremely careful in buying Air Asia tickts in advance is not to buy tickets to far away. One or two months away will be just nice. BUt I still feel that Malaysians should be extremely cautious of Air Asia!

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  14. lee wee tak

    rakyat owe income tax?

    1) late filing of BE – RM200 fine

    2) statute bar of 7 years lifted and IRB can go back indefinitely even back till income tax and money wasn’t invented

    3) there was a time where when withholding tax was not paid or late in payment, instead of 10% penalty, it was raised to 100% for a year; thank goodness commonsense prevail

    4) before your salary cheque is written, PCB already deducted

    5) ask for refund? wait till retirement

    6) company tax? must submit an estimation before your financial year start. you can’t even forecast down wards too much, even if 2009 is going to be a worse year than 2008. You have to pay your tax even though you might not have collected your cash from debtors yet as your monthly installments are base on annual profit and we all know the first couple of months for most business are slow months….

    7) service tax collected on behalf of government must be remitted every couple of months (unless you are AA) and hell to pay if your clients are dragging payments

    If the administration expect the public to pay fast, the least they could do is move their staff faster. Apart from getting passport faster, are we seeing any of the civil servants thinking, moving, deciding, executing, reporting, concluding any issue, task, plans any faster?

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  15. iceburn

    Salam YB,
    Saya salah seorang anak jati Kampung Sungai Mulia(batu 5, Jln Gombak). Komen saya ini tidak berkaitan dengan apa yg tuan tulis. Saya ingin menyatakan ketidak puasan hati segelintir atau mungkin majoriti penduduk Kg Sg Mulia, seperti yg diketahui ramai, Jalan Gombak kini dalam proses untuk dibesarkan, projek ini kalau tidak silap saya dibawah seliaan JKR, apa yg menjadi pucuk kepada permasalahan ini ialah, pembinaan pembahagi jalan yg boleh saya katakan disini tidak adil. Jalan masuk utama ke Kg Sg Mulia jikalau kita dari arah Medan Idaman(OngTaiKim) tidak ada, dimana pembinaan pembahagi jalan di simpang masuk utama dihadapan Pasar Besar Gombak menghalang jalan masuk utama ke kampung. Penduduk kampung terpaksa membuat pusingan U yang jaraknya hampir 200 meter dari simpang itu, apa yg menjadi kemusykilan disini, kedua-dua simpang masuk utama ke Taman Setapak Garden mempunyai simpang, ditambah satu lagi simpang baru dihadapan Masjid Jamek Sungai Mulia, tetapi simpang-simpang masuk ke kampung Sg Mulia semuanya terpaksa melalui pusingan U.
    Sudahlah kampung kami dijadikan tempat belajar memandu, kini berhadapan dengan masalah terpaksa menunggu pelajar-pelajar memandu untuk membuat pusingan U pula. Keadaan ini pada pandangan saya akan mengundang satu fenomena yg merbahaya, dimana pemandu-pemandu yg tidak sabar akan memotong barisan dengan melulu dan ini boleh mendatangkan bahaya kepada pemandu-pemandu lain.
    Disini saya berharap tuan YB dapat mengambil berat dan membantu pihak kami menyelesaikan perkara ini, dengan adanya simpang utama dengan lampu isyarat di hadapan Pasar Besar Gombak seperti sebelum ini adalah jalan penyelesaian yg terbaru pada perkiraan saya.

    Yang Juga Sedia Berkhidmat,
    Ahmad Fahmi Alias,
    Anak Jati Kampung Sungai Mulia,
    Kampuang Den Gumbak,
    http://www.mindabersaru.blogspot.com
    nuckcull@yahoo.com

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  16. Tony The Con Man

    Tony Fernandez is a powerful man in Malaysian politics. He can made announcement on behalf of the government and the governmnet had to take note of what he said. No other public listed company can make demand to the government and the government had to respond. This is Badawi style of Government: it is a TIngkat Empat government.

    Lets all emulate Tony Fernandez’as Air Asia by owing whatever tax we had to pay! If we were to owe taxes, I am sure that Badawi government will ccome down hard on us.

    Badawi should come out clean to tell Malaysians why is his government is so kind to Tony Fernandez and allowed Tony to dictate terms?

    Badawi should also tell Malaysians whether his sister in law, Noni Mahmood, has any direct or indirect connection with Air Asia?

    Badawi should also tell Malaysians whether the Budak Tingkat Empat has any connection with Air Asia?

    Now Everyone Can Owe Taxes!!!

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  17. anonymous

    Now the DPM had already announced LCCT @ Labu is off. But I am sure that Tony will still try because Air Asia needs Labu to survive. The musical chair cannot stop otherwise no fund to generate from.

    I will never buy Air Asia ticket in advance (not in advance of more than 1 month) because I know Air Asia cannot last long when Pak Lah and Tingkat Empat are bungkus i.e. no more political patronage.

    Why must Pak Lah allow Air Asia to owe airpor tax for more than RM140 millions when airport tax have already been paid by the passengers. Airport Tax does not belong to Air Asia.

    By right the government must insist that Air Asia pays interests for the outstanding airport tax. Pak Lah must always bear in mind htat Air Asia is a public listed company with no connection with the government. It is like any other companies in KL Stock Exchange.

    The government should immediate give Air Asia an ultimatum to pay up airport tax immediately with interests or stop the from using LCCT and ask Air Asia to land on Tony’s bunglow!

    Bloody nonsense! How an airline owe airport tax? No other airline is allowed to owe airport tax except Air Asia, which is run by Pak Lah crony!

    BN is a cronies infested Government!

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  18. Wangsa Maju Resident

    YB Wee,

    What lah this Air Asia!

    Cannot pay airport tax of RM140 million from 2002 until now, but can (want to, lah) sponsor MU t-shirts! Halo, Tony Forlangkan, pay lah your airport tax first! Also, want to sponsor, sponsor first lah Malaysia football team.

    Air Asia got more money than AIG isit? This Forlangkan want publicity so bad he can take my airport tax I pay last time to advertisement on MU t-shirts. What the fork!

    Oi, Badawi, can ask ah Air Asia to quickly to pay the airport tax before the money also disappear on some stupid foolballer chest ah?

    Boycot Air Asia!!!!!!!!

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