The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has verified that KLIA2 is structurally in compliance with its requirements and safety standards.
The government had to call upon ICAO to come to inspect KLIA2 because AirAsia and AirAsia X was complaining about the safety and security issues of KLIA2. For full report on ICAO verifications, please read HERE.
This was totally unnecessary and cost the nation money because the said allegations were not true in the first place. Further, it was most unthinkable that MAHB and/or the Ministry of Transport will allow KLIA2 to operate if it is not fit for operations in the first place. Yours truly does not believe that MAHB and the government want disasters to happen in our airport. No responsible professional would want to see mishaps to happen in airport especially after the adverse publicity generated by MH370.
Unfortunately, AirAsia and Airasia X were preoccupied with its private interest of making more profits at the expense of our national interest. It chose to distort facts with the help of the highly acclaimed “journalist” BK Sidhu, the editor of Business Star to give an impression that KLIA2 was not fit to operate due to safety issues.
BK Sidhu has no sense of independent and fair reporting especially over matters involving AirAsia and/or AirAsia X. Any promotion by AirAsia and/or AirAsia X will be treated as news item. BK Sidhu will not hesitate to mislead investing public with her writings. She had quoted unknown sources that the AirAsia X IPO will be over subscribed by five to six times and it turned out to be false. When AirAsia X was finally listed it was under-subscribed and the original IPO price of RM1.45 was only RM1.25 on listing, HERE, HERE, HERE.
In fact, Maybank investment had to pump in a total of RM36.8 million to help to stabilize AirAsia IPO price, HERE.
BK Sidhu is extremely mischievous when it comes to matters involving AirAsia, AirAsia X, Ms Aireen Omar and Tan Sri Tony Fernandes. She will stomach whatever so-called facts that were given to her without verification.
Ms Aireen Omar is an extremely fast learner. She has acquired the art of spinning in a short span of time as the new CEO of AirAsia. Unfortunately she was caught with the false allegations that KLIA2 was not safe for operations.
In January 2011, during the High Court proceeding involving Lotus, Datuk Tony Fernandes, as he then was, was caught spinning by his tweet. On 24-1-2011 after the hearing for an application for summary judgement of the dispute on the right to use the brand name Lotus in F1 Racing. The court decided that there should be a full trial and fixed an early trial date but Tony Fernandes tweeted:
“Very very happy over the judgment today.” “And extremely happy that full trial brought forward to 21 March. The good do always eventually win.”
Below is the media statement from Lotus
25 January 2011
Group Lotus and Proton are delighted with the outcome of yesterday’s hearing in which the Judge ordered a full trial of this matter to be heard as soon as possible given the proximity of the start of the new 2011 Formula 1™ season in a few weeks. The trial has been fixed at the English High Court for 21 March 2011.
Group Lotus and Proton have been made aware of the press release issued by 1Malaysia Racing Team (1MRT), it is completely incorrect and a misrepresentation of the Judge’s decision suggesting that Group Lotus’ application was “thrown out”. No decision was made on Group Lotus’ application. The Judge proposed that the better procedural route was to order a speedy trial of all the issues in dispute in the case. 1MRT initially resisted the Judge’s approach to resolve all matters quickly and before the start of the 2011 Formula 1™ season but the order was subsequently made and the first available date was 21 March.
Group Lotus and Proton have always held the view that this matter should be resolved as soon as possible in the interests of Formula 1™ and the fans. We therefore welcome this decision and look forward to the full trial. We are confident that at the trial Group Lotus will succeed in preventing 1MRT, Mr Fernandes and his companies, from using the Lotus name in Formula 1™ once and for all.
For the full transcript of the said High Court decision, please read HERE.
Coming back to the issue at hand, the press cuttings that contained Ms Aireen Omar’s allegations that KLIA2 were of course, reported by BK Sidhu and published by Star Business. Please see the press cuttings below:
It is an open secret that whenever AirAsia and/or AirAsia X want publicity to sway public opinions, the highly acclaimed “journalist”, BK Sidhu the editor of Star Business will come to their assistance.
On 2-4-2014 BK Sidhu, editor of Star Business, has given massive publicity to AirAsia and AirAsia X complaints on safety issues for KLIA2. BK Sidhu highlighted with few stories including a front page story on the safety issues alleged by AirAsia and AirAsia X. AirAsia’s contention that there are safety and security issues that need addressing before they can move.
They were also concerned over potential rise in airport charges and passenger service charge, which could raise the overall cost of traveling and burden travelers. Ms Aireen Omar was demanding PM Najib to intervene to resolve her complaints on the safety of KLIA2. Please read HERE.
If AirAsia was really concerned about overall cost of traveling then it should do away all the hidden charges like RM60 for wheel chair service per trip for disabled person, RM10 manual check in, RM20 processing fees for booking domestic flight, RM30 for international flight and RM8 convenience fees in HERE.
On 3-4-2014 Star came up with a page lead entitled “Najib’s involvement crucial in resolving KLIA2 impasse, says CEO”. From the way in which the report was slanted and the massive publicity that the Star gave the day before and we could clearly see that the Star and/or BK Sidhu were in great pains trying to help AirAsia and/or AirAsia X to exert pressures on PM Najib to intervene and in the hope that MAHB will agree to whatever they have demanded i.e. to agree to the special concessions, building a spa and museum for AirAsia.
On 5-4-2014 PM Najib was on his official visit to Vietnam and he was burden with questions on AirAsia and AirAsia X refusal to move to KLIA2 on 9-5-2014. The nation must have been glad that the PM was firmed and told AirAsia and AirAsia X in no uncertain term not to be arrogant and its operations had to move to KLIA2 by May 9, said Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
PM Najib did not bow to the pressures of Ms Aireen Omar of AirAsia and AirAsia X in HERE.
On 16-4-2014 there was a sudden twist of event where AirAsia and AirAsia X said they will move to KLIA 2 despite its previous stand that it will stay put in LCCT even after May 9 (when KLIA2 is to be officially opened for operations) because KLIA2 was unsafe, HERE.
Is spinning part of Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Ms Aireen Omar’s Business Model for AirAsia?
In view of the false allegations made by Ms Aireen Omar, the Ministry of transport and/or MAHB should seriously consider taking actions against Ms Aireen Omar and/or AirAsia. If no drastic actions being taken against them, the nation will see more of such false allegations made by them to further their narrow business interests at the expense of the image of the country.