Jawapan Lisan pada 25-6-2012
Y.B. TUAN WEE CHOO KEONG [WANGSA MAJU] minta MENTERI KEWANGAN menyatakan butir-butir Perjanjian Tambahan Collaboration dan dua “MOU” yang ditandatangani oleh MAS dan AirAsia selepas pertukaran saham MAS-AirAsia dimansuhkan (unwound) pada 2-5-2012:-
(a) mengapa perlu dibentuk syarikat usahasama di antara MAS dan AirAsia sedangkan kerjasama collaboration boleh dilaksanakan secara ad hoc untuk objektif tertentu; dan
(b) apakah manfaat kepada MAS sedangkan MAS telah lama memiliki Simulator dan Latihan Juruterbang, Bahagian Kejuruteraan yang bertaraf tinggi dan kemudahan-kemudahan aviation lain milik sepenuhnya sejak MAS mula ditubuhkan sedangkan AirAsia/AirAsia X Sdn. Bhd. tidak memiliki kemudahan tersebut.
Tuan Yang di-Pertua,
Untuk makluman Yang Berhormat, setelah perjanjian pertukaran saham di antara Khazanah Nasional Bhd dan Tune Air Bhd dimansuhkan pada 2 Mei 2012, MAS, AirAsiaX, telah menandatangani Perjanjian Kerjasama Tambahan berserta dua Memorandum Persefahaman (MOU) bagi aktiviti perolehan serta perkhidmatan pembaikan dan penyelenggaraan pesawat.
Kerjasama ini memberi peluang kepada MAS untuk menyediakan perkhidmatan pada kos yang lebih rendah. Selain itu, MAS berpeluang untuk mendapatkan terma yang lebih baik dalam rundingan perolehan, penjimatan kos modal melalui perkongsian peralatan dan perkhidmatan serta dapat berkongsi dan menjual rizab kapasiti kepada syarikat penerbangan lain.
Kerjasama/kolaborasi perlu diteruskan bagi meningkatkan sinergi perniagaan MAS melalui pengukuhan perkhidmatan dalam pasaran utama, peningkatan kendalian penumpang dan penggunaan sumber secara optimum. Selain itu, Pelan Perniagaan MAS memberi fokus kepada Engineering & Maintenance (M&E) sebagai langkah strategik untuk mengukuhkan potensi Malaysian Aerospace Engineering (MAE) bukan sahaja untuk penyeliaan pesawat malah membangunkan bidang Maintenance, Repair & Overall (MRO). Dengan ini, MAE akan lebih berdaya saing dan mampu mengukuhkan kedudukannya dalam aktiviti industri penerbangan yang semakin mencabar dan berkembang pesat.
On 15-6-2012 B SK Sidhu interviewed Tan Sri Tony Fernandes (TF) which was published, of course in The STAR. Every decisions of AirAsia/AirAsia X are news for Star, in HERE.
The little Napoleons in Khazanah have forgotten or not read the interview of TF when they prepared the answers for MOF. TF has said the followings:
What really pushed him to make the bold decision to relocate was the unwinding of the share swap with Malaysia Airlines (MAS).
- It was the unswap that woke me on the potential of the AirAsia. You don’t appreciate it until you see it (from the other side) and if I had put in the same energies for MAS into regional development, (just imagine the possibilities). All this has given me a new lease of life and I cannot tell you how excited I am of AirAsia’s future and the future is really good for us.
- Therefore, the move to Jakarta would mean there is a core team that looks at every aspect of the business. Some see this as creating better coordination and cohesiveness to enable AirAsia to focus and tap opportunities in the region.
- No. But we get plenty of landing rights. We don’t have any issues and Indonesia is perhaps the most open aviation market, it has so many domestic airlines. Airlines are the ones giving us a hard time in every market. The hardest time I have is in my own home country, and I am not running away from my country. Remember, we are listed here and AirAsia is a home brand. MAS had to give up some 96 of its profitable routes to AirAsia during the premiership of YAB Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, in HERE.
- Cost wise, ours is still the same as Indonesia and China but our cost advantage in Malaysia is eroding as airport charges go up whereas in other countries they are building low cost terminals for us.
- They could have been fixed. Everything was laid out for MAS. The people I feel sorry for, are the staff, even though some thought the share swap was a bad thing. In reality, you had to really look at the staff of AirAsia, how they have grown in terms of salaries and careers and that was the plan for MAS too.
- I disagree with the statement, for whatever was put in front of the union, they did not want change. There even argued over over the stopping of flights to Buenos Aires. With that level of thinking, how can you implement changes? But we have a different culture at AirAsia, and there is no resistance to change.
- The biggest gain is, we are now friends with Khazanah Nasional Bhd and I can pick up the phone and call AJ (Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, MAS group CEO). I have made some good friends in MAS, I certainly could not do that before. Biggest gain is that the people who had very negative views of me, had begun to see that I am not the devil re-incarnated.
- I had the opportunity to at least meet my detractors face to face and give them a better opportunity to know me. My biggest regret is that we did not finish what we set out to do. Me and Din could have done a lot for MAS and helped MAS. But I am not someone to cry over the past, we move on.
- Are you sending your aircraft for maintenance to MAS?
- No, we have not done that. I don’t think it will happen. I think it will be a headache for the management. If you read some of the comments it is like, we are benefiting, so we are not sending.
For full report of the interview read in HERE.