Parliament Questions Time, 23 June 2009

Air Asia still owing (now more than RM65 million) Airport Tax! Also, Minister of Finance says MAHB is still negotiating with Air Asia to settle the outstanding debt!

Air Asia masih berhutang (sekarang lebih RM65 juta) cukai lapangan terbang! Lagi pun, Menteri Kewangan berkata MAHB kini masih sedang dalam rundingan dengan Air Asia untuk menyelesaikan isu tersebut!

Soalan:

Tuan Wee Choo Keong [ Wangsa Maju ] minta MENTERI KEWANGAN menyatakan mengapakah Malaysian Airport Holdings Bhd (MAHB) membenarkan Air Asia berhutang cukai lapangan terbang berjumlah RM65 juta (tunggakan setakat 28 Februari 2009) walaupun ia telah dikutip terdahulu daripada penumpang dan Air Asia memang mencatatkan untung besar tahunan sejak penubuhannya, dan mengapakah MAHB perlukan rundingan khas dengannya untuk mendapatkan kembali tunggakan tersebut.

Jawapan:

Tuan Yang di-Pertua

Untuk makluman Yang Berhormat, MAHB tidak pernah membenarkan Air Asia atau mana-mana syarikat penerbangan yang lain berhutang cukai lapangan terbang kepada pihaknya. Walaubagaimanpun, memandangkan Air Asia telah mempunyai hutang tertunggak sebanyak RM65 juta. MAHB kini sedang dalam rundingan dengan Air Asia untuk menyelesaikan isu tersebut dan MAHB yakin ia akan dapat deselesaikan dalam tempoh yang terdekat.

Tindakan drastic tidak dibuat oleh MAHB terhadap Air Asia kerana ia akan menjejaskan operasi di LCCT dan seterusnya memberi kesan negative terhadap MAHB sebagai operator dan pengenadali Lapangan Terbang.

Notes:

  1. On one hand the Minister informed Parliament that MAHB never allowed Air Asia or any other airline to owe airport tax and on the other hand the Minister had admitted that as at 28 February 2009 Air Asia still owed RM65 million airport tax and MAHB is now negotiating with Air Asia to settle the issue.
  2. This is a real joke. MAHB never allowed Air Asia to owe airport tax and at the same time it is negotiating with Air Asia to settle the said airport tax!
  3. It must be noted that Air Asia has been announcing that it is making profits by the millions of Ringgit year after year and yet it still owes airport tax.
  4. I believe that by now the total airport tax owed by Air Asia is much higher than RM65 million.
  5. At all times, airport tax is paid in advance by the members of the public at the time of purchase of Air Asia plane tickets online.  Therefore, there is no reason for Air Asia to owe the airport tax at all. Air Asia is just a collecting agent for MAHB and it is supposed to hand over all sums of airport tax to MAHB. Air Asia is just in a position of a trustee. By not handing over the airport tax, Air Asia is technically in breach of trust. All other airlines handed over the airport tax collected but Air Asia was allowed to owe RM65 million.  Why Air Asia was given such special treatment by MAHB and the government, when the government has no financial interest in Air Asia?
  6. Since the airport tax has been paid in full to Air Asia by members of the public, why must MAHB enter into negotiation with Air Asia to settle this matter. I would have thought that airport tax is non-negotiable.
  7. MAHB has failed in its duty to perform its statutory duty to look after the operation of airports and also the collection of the airport tax and at the same time taken no actions to recover the outstanding RM65 million in airport tax.

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

Nota:

1. Pada seketika Menteri memberitahu Parliamen bahawa MAHB tidak pernah membenarkan Air Asia atau mana-mana syarikat penerbangan lain berhutang cukai lapangan terbang tetapi pada waktu yang lain Menteri akui bahawa setakat 28 Februari 2009 Air Asia masih berhutang RM65 juta cukai lapangan terbang dan MAHB kini sedang berunding dengan Air Asia.

2. Lawakbetul!. tidak pernah membenarkan Air Asia atau mana-mana syarikat penerbangan lain berhutang cukai lapangan terbang tetapi pada masa sedang berunding dengan Air Asia mengenai cukai tersebut

3. Mesti kita ambil tahu juga Air Asia sedang mengumumkan keuntungan berjuta-juta ringgit setiap tahun tetapi masih berhutang cukai lapangan terbang

4. Saya masih percaya jumlah cukai lapangan terbang yang berhutang oleh Air Asia adalah jauh lebih tinggi daripada RM65 juta.

5. Pada sentiasanya cukai ini telah dibayar terdahulu semasa penumpang membeli tiket menerusi internet. Oleh itu, tiada sebab Air Asia berhutang cukai. Air Asia hanyalah agent pengutip untuk MAHB dan sepatutnya menyerahkan semua kutipan kepada MAHB. Peranan Air Asia adalah pemegang amanah . Dengan tindakan tidak menyerahkan cukai tersebut, Air Asia telah memecah amanahnya. Syarikat penerbangan lain telah menyerahkan cukai yang dikutip tetapi Air Asia telah dibenarkan berhutang RM65 juta. Mengapakah Air Asia telah diberi layanan istimewa oleh MAHB dan kerajaan apabila pihak kerajaan tiada kepentingan kewangan di dalam Air Asia?

6. Memandangkan cukai lapangan terbang telah dibayar penuh kepada Air Asia oleh pihak umum, mengapakah MAHB terpaksa berunding dengan Air Asia untuk perkara ini. Saya ingat cukai ini bukanlah perkara boleh runding.

7. MAHB telah gagal dalam tugasnya bawah undang-undang menjaga pengendalian lapangan kapal terbang serta kerja pengutipan cukai dan pada masa yang sama cuba mendapatkan cukai tertunggak RM65 juta.

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42 thoughts on “Parliament Questions Time, 23 June 2009

  1. Everybody Can Owe Airport Tax

    Now Everybody Can Owe Airport Tax! This is the new tag line for all Malaysian travelers. Why should travelers pay airport tax to Air Asia when the airport tax is not paid over to MAHB?

    If Air Asia can owe airport tax, the travelers should be allowed to owe airport tax too.

    The Minister;s reply is an insult to the intelligence of the rakyat. The Minister should sack Tan Sri Bashir, the chairman of MAHB, for allowing Air Asia to owe airport tax and also for failing to take actions against Air Asia.

    Why is BN government dares not take actions Air Asia for failing to pay airport tax and for breach of trust, as well put by YB.

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  2. Be reasonable

    We have always try our best to be the best… an now i think this is a small token taken into account the amount of visitors that they have manged to lured in…

    For all we know is that AirAsia and MAHB is under special arrangement to kill Malaysia Airlines.

    You never now..times are bad and AirAsia might even build another Hanger and call it Dungeon Of Dragon or like the Tony Fernendaz always say “May the Power be with you” Darth Vader.

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  3. Lim

    What a big joke, Minister of Finance? Why was there a need for MAHB to negotiate with Air Asia to settle airport tax debt. For a start, MAHB should not allow Air Asia to owe airport tax. As YB Wee said Air Asia is just a collecting agent and Air Asia has no right to keep or use the collected airport tax.

    I cannot believe that the Minister of Finance can be so stupid to say that no airline can owe airport tax and at the same time it admits that Air Asia was owing RM65 million airport tax and MAHB is now negotiating with Air Asia to have it settled. From this answer, it would appear to me that Air Asia is untouchable and MAHB and the Minister of Finance are scared of Air Asia.

    What a useless government? This is a case of “Harap Pagar, Pagar makan padi.

    MAHB boss, tan Sri Bashir should be removed for not carrying out his duties as the head of MAHB.

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  4. Con Job

    According to Tony, Air Asia is making lots and lots of money and it is also doing better than other airlines in the world. Air Asia is doing so well and other airlines are all suffering.

    But no other airlines were allowed to owe airport tax but for Air Asia it is ok to owe. Why? Why? Why?

    Perhaps Tony should tell us: If Air Asia is making profits every year then why Air Asia is owing airport tax, which was already paid in cash by the passengers.

    Tony: you have no right to collect and use the airport tax collected. MAHB: you don’t have to negotiate with Air Asia on airport tax because airport tax has been fixed and it applies to everyone who uses the airport.

    So MAHB take immediate actions to recover the airport tax from Air Asia and remember to charge interest also! MAHB please take note that Air Asia is just a private company and please do not allow it to abuse the system, which indirectly is an abuse of public funds.

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  5. donplaypuks

    How much does MAS owe MAHB and Prasarna for KLIA fees and leasing of aircraft?s

    Has any MP asked this question in Parliament or does anyone in blogosphere know the answer?

    Why always pick on Air Asia? AA is a successful M’sian company too, in case you have any doubts!

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  6. Idaman Sutera

    Dear YB,

    Could you please recomend a business which i could owe another company for 65 million and the other company have to negotiate with me to make payment.I would then ask from them for a big discount and to proceed in making the payment by monthly cheques till the year 2020.

    This is the best making profit business that i am looking for..
    Can be found…..Only In Malaysia !!! Yes Malaysia Boleh!!!!

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  7. resident.wangsamaju

    Associated Press
    IATA Slams Malaysia’s Airport Tax Move
    Associated Press 08.06.07, 4:25 AM ET

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The International Air Transport Association on Monday blasted Malaysia’s move to cut departure tax at its two budget airline terminals, saying it was discriminatory to other carriers and warning it could hurt tourism in the country.

    In June, departure tax for international passengers at the Low Cost Carrier Terminals, or LCCT, in Kuala Lumpur and in Kota Kinabalu in eastern Sabah state was dropped by up to 51 percent to 25 ringgit (US$7.40; euro5.40). The rate already incorporates security charges.

    The rate for domestic flights was cut by 33 percent to 6 ringgit (US$1.78; euro1.30).

    At the Kuala Lumpur main terminal and other airports nationwide the departure tax for international passengers remains at 51 ringgit (US$15.10; euro11.03). For domestic travelers, the tax is 15 ringgit (US$4.44; euro3.24).

    The Geneva-based IATA, the governing body which regulates international air transport, said its member airlines have been dealt a cost disadvantage by the
    lower tax charges at Malaysia’s LCCTs.

    IATA director general Giovanni Bisignani has written to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to call for a level playing field for all airlines operating in Malaysia, the body said in a statement.

    IATA member airlines account for 90 percent of Asia Pacific traffic and play a key role in Malaysia’s economy through employment opportunities and the wider benefits of aviation and tourism, Bisignani said in the letter.

    “The discriminatory charges scheme distorts competition and hinders the growth of IATA member airlines, resulting in sub-optimal benefits to Malaysia and a negative impact on efforts to promote tourism,” he warned.

    Bisignani also said such discriminatory practice goes against the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization to which Malaysia is a signatory, and
    called for it to be immediately removed.

    “All airlines and their passengers should be offered the same level of charges and incentives in order to maximize growth,” he added.

    Officials at the prime minister’s office and transport ministry could not be immediately reached for comments.

    Malaysia has said it cut the tax rates as part of efforts to become a regional hub for low cost carriers in Asia. It hopes to woo more carriers to its low-cost terminals, which are currently used only by Southeast Asia’s biggest no-frills
    carrier AirAsia and by the Philippines’ Cebu Pacific.

    Malaysia faces stiff low-cost airline and terminal competition from Singapore
    and Thailand.

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  8. Conman Tony

    donplaypuks

    MAS and other airlines may have owed MAHB or other agencies for other services but Air Asia owed airport tax. Please understand simple fact that airport tax has already been paid in cash by the passenger to Air Asia and Air Asia is just a collecting agent for MAHB. So Air Asia has no right to keep the airport tax for whatever purposes.

    Air Asia has no right to charge us the airport tax and did not hand over to MAHB. So what so great about an airline like Air Asia bragging about how successful it is and at the same it was unable to pay the RM65 million to MAHB. Surely this does not show that Air Asia is doing well as claimed.

    Before you comments you should know better that Air Asia has been owing airport tax for years and it is still owing until now. Yet MAHB chose not to take any action. Under the circumstances, Air Asia must have strong political backing from BN government.

    I am very certain that no other airlines using KLIA or LCCT dare to owe airport tax.

    Please wake up and stop defending Air Asia, which is not doing as well as what Tony is trying to make it out to me. As long as there is no bailout at the end of the day, Tony can say that Air Asia is a success.

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  9. Ben

    Please remember Tony Fernandez has said this: “If the price the ticket is low enough, Malaysians are prepared to risk their life.” This is how Tony think of Malaysians.

    Well, he can think what he likes but pay up the airport tax. Airport tax is the rakyat money. So pay up and then only Tony has the right to talk about how successful Air Asia is.

    Other airlines cannot be equally successful if they are also allowed by MAHB to owe airport tax. Tan Sri Bashir, what are you doing as the chief of MAHB. You are sleeping on the job.

    Stop telling us that you have to negotiate with Air Asia on the airport tax debts. If you want to negotiate then you must also involve members of the public, who were the payers of airport tax. Tony Fernandez is not the payer of airport tax so he has no right to negotiate on our behalf. Further, whatever discount that he got from MAHB will not go to the passengers but Air Asia.

    Tan Sri Bashir must be stupid to negotiate with Air Asia on airport Tax. If this is his stand then Tan Sri Bashir is not fit to head MAHB! It is just GAJI BUTA all the way!

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  10. Ahmad

    Now everybody can bullshit their way around! One of the stupidest answer I have ever seen from a Minister of Finance cum Prime Minister. Cannot be more stupid than that. I wonder how he could a PM when he cannot even understand that airport tax is a tax that have already been paid by the travelers, which cannot be negotiated. Just like income tax and other taxes. Mr Prime Minister, please tell the rakyat whether Income Tax can be owed and thereafter negotiated for settlement.

    On Air Asia owing airport tax, MAHB had to negotiate with Air Asia for settlement. When the rakyat owed income tax for a few thousand Ringgit, the Inland Revenue take the rakyat to court. what a stupid logic.

    As a Minister of Finance, Najib should have taken disciplinary actions against Bashir as the chief of MAHB for allowing Air Asia to owe airport tax. Instead of taking actions agaisnt Bashir, Bashir was conferred with the title Tan Sri. Another stupid act.

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  11. Con Job

    Tan Sri Bashir, what are you doing in MAHB? Why did you closed your eyes to Air Asia owing more than RM65 million? Why other airline like Cebu Pacific, which is using LCCT, cannot owe airport tax and Air Asia can?

    Tan Sri Bashir: you are sleeping on your job and your are wasting public fund! You are causing a big embarrassment to the BN government by your failure to collect airport tax from Air Asia.

    Tan Sri Bashir, are you still asleep and hoping to get the title Tun later?

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  12. Leong

    What a parasite? No wonder Air Asia is a such successful brand in Malaysia! If you can owe taxes of any kind, you must be very successful and innovative. Tony and Bashir, both of you are great personalities in Malaysia. If I am Najib, I will recommend to the Agung to confer Tunship for both of you.

    One for not doing his job (Bashir) and the other one (Tony) for being able to get Bashir give excuses for Air Asia to owe airport tax. What a great combination! This is a recipe for creating a bad image for the country.

    NOW EVERYONE CAN CON TOO!

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  13. Ah Chong

    Bashir and Tony, please teach how to owe income tax and thereafter, inland revenue had to negotiate with me how much lesser tax I had to pay.

    Further, both of you please teach me how to owe taxes for many years with no action from the government.

    Both of you are great Malaysians and we are proud of you. This is good for KPI under Najib.

    Malaysians boleh!

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  14. CON AIR

    One of the many reasons why Tony got away with all these manipulations is because MAS Top management are weak and clueless in running an airline.

    Eg. they allowed Tony aka FAX to take over MAS Domestic route and RAS in East Malaysia. The FAX was a big flop and fraud which means MAS MSS was also another RM500 million rip off the Rakyat’s money.

    Where in the world do we have the top 3 Management i.e Chairman, MD and ED who have approximately ZERO knowledge in aviation industry ? Answer : MAS

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  15. donplaypuks

    Conman Tony

    Let’s put things in proper perspective.

    MAS has been rescued with taxpayers at least twice, to the tune of several $billions. The last time it happened, Daim authorized usage of $1.8 billion of Govt money and paid twice the market price to force buy-out Tajuddin Ramli.

    Last Qtr, they lost $650 million, wiping out their share capital. The KLSE conveniently gave them a waiver from being suspended under P17 regulations!

    So, YB and you and others should be more worried about MAS than Air Asia and ask questions whether they have been paying what they owe to the Govt (Prasarna) for leasing charges which is bound to be several hundred million a year!

    “I am very certain that no other airlines using KLIA or LCCT dare to owe airport tax.”

    How do you know.? Have you checked with MAHB? Perhaps AA is the largest debtor, but I’m sure theere are others. How much does MAS owe MAHB for airport and landing fees? Or has this been waived for the national carrier?

    I have been involved in Plc’s and the world of commerce for a long time. Few will voluntarily pay their creditors unless chased persistently. That’s the reality of the private sector world. Why isn’t MAHB pursuing this $65 million which has been outstanding from AA for over a year. I would not tolerate such recalcitrance if I were the MD of MAHB!!

    It might also interest you to know that the Govt also gave MAHB a $1 billion grant since it could not pay its dues to the Govt and make a decent profit of KLIA!! Go check it out!!

    So, don’t make AA the whipping boy for all your frustrations. I agree that it is unfair of AA not to pay the $65 million. But you should take MAHB to task for being so lax in debt collection. Why don’t they take AA to court, what’s stopping them?

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  16. Conman Tony

    donplaypuks

    The issue here is Air Asia is owing MAHB RM65 million for airport tax. Don’t you agree that airport tax has already been collected in cash by Air Asia to be forwarded to MAHB. It is not a normal debts as what you are talking about. If it is a normal debts between companies I can understand.

    Air Asia has no right to keep the airport tax for its own use or otherwise. Why Air Asia had to keep the airport tax when Tony has been announcing it was making hundred of millions of Ringgit and it is expanding by the minutes. Well, profits shown by creative accounting that’s why it cannot pay back the airport tax!

    I cannot help but to state that it is in deep. It has to take delivery of 150 airbuses when others are keeping their aircraft idle.

    I know for sure that no other airlines owe airport tax to MAHB except this great home grown company called Air Asia.

    Further, why MAHB had to negotiate with Air Asia, who is a mere collecting agent like any other airlines. If MAHB wants to negotiate on the airport tax than negotiate with those who paid for it so that whatever discount granted it should go to the traveler and not to Air Asia.

    I am very certain that Air Asia is in financial problems that’s why it can not pay the airport tax. I will be more than happy if there is no bail out at the end. Government must not bail out Air Asia because it is a private company.

    Airport tax is not negotiable. Tony, just pay up the airport tax debts which was outstanding for many years, then start talking about Air Asia expansion and success!

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  17. James

    No decent people can defend Air Asia on the issue of owing airport tax. It is indefensible for the simple reason that the traveling public have already paid the airport tax. So why Air Asia not paying over to MAHB unless it is in financial shit hole.

    At a time when all other airlines are suffering, Tony Felrnandes has said that Air Asia is doing very well. I salute for that but why was Air Asia unable to handover the RM65 million.

    I can only come to one conclusion that Air Asia is in deep financial problems. I have not heard of other airlines owing airport tax. There is no reason for an airline to owe airport tax because the passengers already paid in advance and in CASH. I do agree with other readers that any negotiation must involve the public only and not Air Asia or Tony Fernandez. Any discount must be refunded to the people and definitely not to Air Asia because airport tax has got nothing to do with it.

    MAHB take immediate actions to recover airport tax from Air Asia or Tan Sri Bashir should pack his bag and stay at home or join Air Asia management.

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  18. ahmad

    Owing airport tax is unacceptable. How could Air Asia on one hand refuses to handover airport tax and other hand it is asking for new LCCT. The government and MAHB should take immediate action to stop providing services to Air Asia until it pays up the airport tax which is not theirs.

    MAHB should also charge interest on the RM65 million because Air Asia has the use of the RM65 million at will.

    I do agree that when Air Asia is not able to pay the airport tax that it has collected from the public means it is facing financial problems.

    Najib should not waste time to negotiate with Air Asia because airport tax is not to be negotiated on. If there is negotiation and if there is any discount it should go back to the public. Air Asia should not receive anything from the discount.

    Another issue is when a person cannot travel due to one reason or another, the airport tax that t he has paid should be refunded to them without any deduction of the so-called administrative fees. The refund should be automatic.

    Lat but not least is the the selling of ticket in advance should be some safeguards to ensure that it will not be abused and it is safe all the time.

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  19. Conman Tony

    Najib: how about the rakyat would like to negotiate with the Ministry of Finance over income tax debt?

    I would also like to also negotiate with the government on the payment of service tax and other tax. I would like to stop paying any form of tax if possible.

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  20. Wong

    What a laughing stock? The PM agree with Air Asia to negotiate on airport tax debts. How stupid. Aiyo! Airport tax has already been paid by the passengers IN CASH Mr PM. It is not Air Asia or Tony’s money so what negotiation is Air Asia talking about.

    If Air Asia and Tony want to negotiate for a lower rate of airport tax, we welcome it. But the rate is applicable for the future when it is finalised. It is not applicable retrospectively. So stop talking rubbish and treating the rakyat as idiots.

    Why must the government lean over backward to help Air Asia, a private company, with its debts.

    I cannot believe that Najib can be so blur in this subject, which is so obvious. It does not need rocket science to understand that airport tax is not negotiable. Just ask around other countries, there is no such thing as airport tax to be negotiated.

    Useless BN government! It is trying to help its cronies at all costs.

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  21. Idiot

    Just cannot believe with the reasoning put forward by the Najib. Airport tax can be owed and thereafter negotiated. What government is this. No clear directions. How can the country progress with this government.

    Tony F please teach Malaysia how to accumulated the tax to RM65 million. I would like to accumulate my income tax to a few hundred thousand Ringgit and after that I hope the Ministry of Finance will negotiate with me and give me discount.

    Malaysia Boleh! Now Everyone can also con people and the government!

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  22. CON AIR

    BINGO !!

    “It might also interest you to know that the Govt also gave MAHB a $1 billion grant since it could not pay its dues to the Govt and make a decent profit of KLIA!! Go check it out!!”

    Yes, it all leads to Rakyat’s money …Tony FAXSO money laundered and paid the cronies using OUR MONEY !!!

    SHEESH, I am so pissed @#%$***&^ !!!!

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  23. John Tan

    Cannot be more stupid to allow negotiation on the airport tax owed by Air Asia. I am sure that Tony is laughing all the way that what a stupid political leader we have in Malaysia.

    What a con job!!! I gave up on BN government. It is not getting anywhere. Lets all get ready to get rid of these idiots, who do not understand that airport tax is a fixed rate and not open to negotiation by airlines.

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  24. Leong

    Tony and his gang went on a publicity drives yesterday and it is out in the papers. The Star as usual went to town to support Tony and his toy, Air Asia. According to press report Air Asia withhold the RM65 million in airport tax because it is negotiating with MAHB. Air Asia is asking for the abolishment of airport tax.

    Stop bullshitting and fooling us, Tony. The airport tax debt of RM65 million was for the period up to February 2009. Surely this is not negotiable. After all the RM65 million have been paid by members of the public. So what the f… negotiation is all about. It is not for Air Asia and Tony to decide for members of the public on the RM65 millions airport tax debt.

    Najib should not be so stupid to allow Tony and his Air Asia gang to fool him. I have no objection if Tony wants to negotiate for a lower rate of airport tax for the future.

    I do agree that whatever reduction for past airport tax that have already been paid by passenger should be paid to MAHB without any discount and if there is any discount it should be refunded to the public and not treated as profit for Air Asia.

    NOW EVERYONE CAN BULLSHIT THEIR WAY AROUND AND NAJIB WILL BELIEVE!

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  25. Hashim

    Airport tax is negotiable makes my toes laugh. I have never heard of this any where else in the world except in this “BOLEH LAND” under BN.

    Then MAHB should negotiate with members of the public who have already paid the airport tax. If there is such a negotiation, whatever discount should go to the public not AirAsia or Tony Fernandez.

    Najib stop trying to help your BN cronies. Najib you sounded extremely silly when you talked about negotiation over the airport tax debt.

    I am extremely concerned that one day the government had to use the rakyat money to bailout AirAsia and Tony will be laughing again.

    The rakyat must stand up in arm to oppose any bail out for AirAsia, which is a house of cards. It is just using advertisement and press statements to present to the public a false pictures of it.

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  26. Idiotic

    Airport Tax to be negotiated with Air Asia. What a stupid statement I have ever heard in my life. In other part of the world, we will never hear about airline owed airport tax and then the PM said lets negotiate. It is all about cronyism.

    The PM must be joking when he said that airport tax debt of AirAsia is to be negotiated. The PM should have said that “BN cronies must be protected.”

    The PM should tell the rakyat to owe their income tax and then start negotiating with Inland Revenue. BN will get more votes this way.

    Trying to help AirAsia is a lost cause as it is in deep financial problems like other low cost airlines in other parts of the world where they have collapsed and the people who booked the tickets in advance had to suffer.

    Therefore, I would like to warn the potential customers of AirAsia to be cautious an don’t book ticket too far ahead like 6 months or more.

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  27. genesispassion

    send in the ah long…u be surprised what ah long can do? dont need to be graduate..we charge only 20% …5 % upfront..money back gurantee!!

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  28. Jenny

    I am very shock by the answer given by the PM over this issue of AirAsia owing airport tax. No one should owe airport tax because it was paid in cash by the passenger before they even travel. Some didn’t travel, the airport tax was not automatically refunded by Air Asia. This is already a wrong. By right Air Asia should automatically refund the airport tax to those who didn’t travel. Airport tax is not part of fare collected by Air Asia therefore Air Asia has no right to forfeit the airport tax.

    On the issue of the RM65 million airport tax debt, there should not be any negotiation at all. Air Asia should immediately paid all airport tax to MAHB without further ado. So the PM was very wrong when he said that MAHB is now negotiating with Air Asia to settle airport tax. This is really a joke of the year for many years.

    Sudahlah PM, jangalah nak jaga kroni-kroni BN sahaja. Saya amat malu dengan jawapan PM!

    I will not vote for BN because even the PM is not fit to lead the country.

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  29. Jenny

    I am very shock by the reply by the PM. I cannot help to say that I am very disappointed with such a stupid reply.

    All airport tax is paid by all passengers when they buy Air Asia tickets online so it is the money of the rakyat and not belong to Air Asia. I can’t believe my eyes when I read about the PM’s reply that MAHB is negotiating with Air Asia to settle the MR65 Air Asia’s airport tax debt.

    Airport tax is the rakyat’s money and not Air Asia money. Therefore, why must MAHB negotiate with Air Asia. MAHB should be negotiating with the rakyat. Mr PM please wake up and think for the moment for the rakyat and not for the BN cronies only.

    I am sick and fed up with the PM’s reply. Such reply on such simple issue did not speak well of the PM.

    BN is only interested in helping the cronies only.

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  30. Teh

    Joke of the century, airport tax can be owed! It is unheard of. director, Aziz Bakar said AirAsia withhold RM65 million airport tax because AirAsia is unhappy about the airport tax rate. Aziz Bakar is talking cock!

    The RM65 million is the people money and air asia has no right to keep it for even a second. In any event, I believe the RM65 million has been used up.

    Najib has little understanding about what is airport tax that’s why he came out with the stupid statement. I am very disappointed with Najib. he sounded so stupid with his statement of yesterday.

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  31. Wee Choo Keong

    Aziz Bakar of Air Asia was talking nonsense when he said that Air Asia was withholding the RM65 million airport tax collected from passengers because of the disputes with MAHB. This is most nonsensical to say the least.

    Air Asia must bear in mind that airport tax collected must be paid within one week. In the case of Air Asia, it had collected the airport tax since 2002 and had not forwarded the amount to MAHB. That’s why it had chalked up a debt of RM110 million in 2008. If the airport tax was withheld for a month it could not have chalked up a RM110 million debt.

    Further, airport tax is paid by the passengers to MAHB and it has got nothing to do with Air Asia. Air Asia is merely a collecting agent for MAHB like other airlines. Whatever disputes Air Asia has with MAHB has got nothing to do with the airport tax. It is a separate issue. Air Asia cannot hold MAHB to ransom by withholding the airport tax. The passengers, who had paid the airport tax, had no dispute with MAHB whatsoever.

    In any event, if what Aziz Bakar said was true then Air Asia should at least had shown the public its sincerity by placing the RM65 million cash in a fixed deposit account and for it to earn some interest in the process.

    Aziz Bakar is fooling the government that was set up by Najib over the airport tax debt. The PM must remember that several years ago, Pelangi Air, which was owned by the Terengganu state government under PAS, owed only a few million Ringgit airport tax and that did not stop MAHB from withdrawing all airport facilities to Pelangi Air and resulting in its collapse. Why the double-standard when it comes to Air Asia? Why MAHB has to negotiate with Air Asia over the airport tax debt?

    I am appalled by Najib’s statement on the airport tax. I would have thought that as the PM, he would have told Air Asia to pay up the airport tax immediately before proceeding to discuss about reducing the current airport tax levied on passengers.

    However, even if a discount on the airport tax debt has to be given, the discount should rightfully go to the passengers who had paid for the tax and not to Air Asia.

    Air Asia, I shall pursue this matter in Parliament until the airport tax is fully paid because this involves funds that belong to the public.

    Thank you.

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  32. CON AIR

    Very, very true, YB.

    The actual reason why MAHB and the Authority are not taking action against Air Asia is because they are (choose one only)
    a. guilty
    b. idiots
    c. guilty and idiots.

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  33. Conman Tony

    I agree with YB and also Con Air. This whole episode is unacceptable. Outstanding airport tax has got nothing to do with whatever disputes Air Asia have with MAHB. Airport tax is fully paid by the public and the public had no problems with MAHB. It is just a publicity stunt by Tony and his gang. The moment YB brought up the outstanding airport tax in Parliament, Tony andhis gang went on a publicity drives in the hope of misleading and confusing the people and bankers, who are the most important category now.

    Trust me, Air Asia will not put the RM65 million in the fixed deposit account because it need whatever amount of money is available. I know that MAHB would love to take actions against Air Asia but cannot because of the political master is still protecting it.

    Stop playing with publicity stunts because we all know you two (Tony and Aziz) and Air Asia financial state.

    So Air Asia please put up now and refer whatever disputes you with MAHB. I am sure YB Wee will go after you. So you will have to keep on coming up with your publicity stunts.

    Now everybody Can Just Bullshit Their Ways Around!

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  34. CON AIR

    Thank you, Conman Tony for agreeing with me.
    We must keep pounding on these malpractices until the Authority takes action and the PM wakes up !!

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  35. Tommy Fernandez

    YB,
    I must admire your perseverence which is done in a very professional and transparent manner. This is very unlike many other Members of Parliament.

    This Tony Fernandes is hoodwinking every one with his purchase of more Airbus planes – hence gaining a high profile at the Paris Air Show, when every potential plane buyer is in the doldrums. Someone must do a reconciliation of all the signing ceremonies by Air Asia “to acquire scores of planes” and how many Air Asia has actually taken delivery of!

    How can Air Asia afford to buy these planes in the first place? He is not getting the financing, hence his slur against bankers/financiers by calling them ‘swine’.

    And if you care to read Air Asia’s accounts (which most people know is a load of slanted rubbish), it is actually a loss making concern and in financial difficulties. All he has got left is a marketing posture that relies on whatever goodwill that is left in the brand called “Air Asia”.

    Back to the accounts, if you take away the so-called profits which Air Asia has frauduelently recognised from government allowances (actually to be set against future profits), Air Asia actually does not have any profits.

    As for Air Asia’s auditors, Price Waterhouse Coopers – shame on you.

    – Note: The last sentence has been deleted by the administrator … for obvious reason. –

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  36. John

    I have read enough of the bullshits of Tony and Aziz Bakars, both are the directors of Air Asia. After YB has exposed them of their airport tax debt of RMt5 million, these two went on a publicity blitz to fool us.

    Perhaps some of us may have been fooled by Tony and Aziz because they are good at confusing and misleading us but majority of us knew what were the scores.

    I do agree with the intelligent readers here that airport tax has been paid in cash by the passengers and Air Asia is doing bound to pay up the RM65 millions to MAHB. Whatever disputes Air Asia may have or was bullshitting all the ways, they are totally two separate matters and the so-called disputes have no relevant to the airport tax debt. So tony and Aziz stop bullshitting your way.

    Pay up the RM65 millions and then talk. The PM is just another Mr Blur when he allowed himself to be fooled by Tony and Aziz. This is such a simple issue. Airport tax has been paid by passengers in advance and Air Asia has no reason to owe or to use it as a ransom to negotiate with MAHB.

    I just don’t understand why MAHB dares not withdraw all airport facilities from Air Asia.

    Stop Bullshitting Tony and Aziz. We know Air Asia is in deep shit financially that’s why you need to “withhold” the RM65 million. To me Air Asia was unable to pay its debts.

    So fellow Malaysians please be cautious when buying tickets upfront. Please do not buy too far ahead as you don’t know is going to happen!

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  37. Lim

    Tommy Fernandez, you are absolutely spot on with your comments. So many airlines have grounded their air crafts and SIA is one of them. To Tony Fernandez and Aziz Bakar, Air Asia is immune to the global problems for the airlines. Other airlines were scaling down their routes but according to Tony Air Asia is expanding and increasing their routes. Real bullshit of the worst kind.

    In the airlines industry every body knew that no airlines can afford to expand. Everybody knew that Air Asia is facing financial problems and not able to get financing as easily as before. So Tony referred bankers as “swine”.

    Air Asia just cannot afford to pay their airport tax debt. If the government insisted that it must immediately pay the RM65 million (as at 28-04-2009) airport tax debt it will no doubt be facing acute financial problems.

    I do agree with Conman Tony that potential passengers of Air Asia must be careful when purchasing tickets in advance because we cannot tell the future.

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  38. Soong

    The explanation by Tony and his gang were talking rubbish when they said that Air Asia was holding back the airport tax of RM65 millions because they want o negotiate with MAHB. For heaven sake, airport tax in any part of the world is non-negotiable.

    Whatever Tony Ferndandez want to negotiate pertaining to the charges with MAHB is a totally different matter altogether from airport tax. We, the passengers, paid the airport tax in advance. This airport tax does not belong to Air Asia. So why withholding it in the first place?

    If there is any negotiation, it is not for tony and his gang to negotiate on our behalf. Whatever discount given if any, must go back to the passenger and not Air Asia. Mr PM, please remember this. Please do not be fooled by Tony and his gang. Air Asia should not benefit a single Sen from the discount.

    Now Everybody Can Con The People!

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  39. J Caine

    MAHB should go back to the old system of collecting the airport tax themselves, as far as Air Asia is concerned. The are a few airport around the world is doing that. I recall Incheon Airport in South Korea was doing this, five ears ago. Don’t know if they are stlill doing it.
    Saves MAHB from “negotiating’ the return of their money.

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