On 24-01-2011 after the hearing of the Lotus dispute in the High Court in London was adjourned and 10 days full trial was fixed for March 2011, Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes immediately sent a message on Twitter as follows:
“Very very happy over the judgment today.” “And extremely happy that full trial brought forward to 21 March. The good do always eventually win.”
Having read the official transcript of the said High Court, I cannot make it out what Judgment Datuk Tony Seri Fernandes was twitting about. As usual, this particular message with other favourable statements were splashed in the press and a news portal as though what he had said was gospel truth. Read HERE and HERE . Please compare these two reports with the High Court transcript in the posting in the Blog of BIGDOG which I will refer to later in here. I will not be surprised if one day the said message, “The good do always eventually win.”, will also be hailed as a quotable quote of the year by certain quarter.
I believe that after reading the said news reports, many Malaysians must be extremely proud to know that Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes of AirAsia fame can be so philosophical and righteous at the same time. All Malaysians must learn and acquire his skills which has benefited AirAsia all these years until recently.
No wonder AirAsia was able to owe Airport Taxes since the day of its inception until sometime last year totaling RM110 millions with impunity. MAB dared not lift a finger to take positive actions to recover the said Airport Tax debts from AirAsia like withdrawing all airport facilities. After I brought up the AirAsia’s Airport Tax debts in Parliament and in this blog on many occasions, AirAsia finally had no choice but to pay up its long over due Airport Taxes debts but, of course, with a RM25 million discount! I wonder such extreme kind treatments have been or will be accorded to other airlines or public listed companies with outstanding taxes.
Not to forget the RM65 million subsidy given to AirAsia’s subsidiary (FAX) to take over the operation of “Rural Air Services” (RAS) for Sabah and sarawak from MAS and FAX was supposed to operate the RAS for a few years. However, FAX operated it for about a year and it prematurely dumped RAS back to MAS with 6 un-airworthy aircrafts and 1 aircraft was canabalised for spare parts purposes. However, the then “4th Floor Administration” didn’t demand for the return of the RM65 millions subsidy on a pro rata basis and MAS was left to pick up the pieces and the huge repair bills of about RM35 million for the 7 air crafts, in HERE and HERE.
Of course, one can hardly read any adverse news about AirAsia or any of Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes’ outfits. I believe that it must be due to Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes’ smooth public relation exercises and his virtue of “The good do always eventually win.” got AsiaAsia to where it is. But for how long with no “4th Floor” around?
I wonder if we were to learn from Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said philos0hpy and righteousness, can we then owe our Income Tax with impunity for just a few years and thereafter be allowed to negotiate with Inland Revenue and then be also granted a handsome discount? I am sure that all Malaysians would love to be given such opportunity.
However, below is an excerpt of the latest posting of the blogger, BIGDOG, on the Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes’ said message regarding the Lotus dispute on Twitter
It is very manipulative for Fernandes to suggest otherwise. How could he be sub-judice on what the High Court Judge will decide. … If Malaysians are confused about the case, then probably Malaysians should read the transcript of the legal proceeding in the London High Court on Monday and make their own conclusions.
Click HERE to read BIGDOG‘s said posting with the said High Court official transcript of what had actually transpired in the Court room.