Wednesday, November 16, 2011

AirAsia's Tony Fernandes Utterly TASTELESS Rant On Facebook

On most newspapers (this was taken from

  • AirAsia chief launches attack on MAHB on social mediaPosted on 15 November 2011 - 11:19pm
    Last updated on 15 November 2011 - 11:25pm


    PETALING JAYA (Nov 15, 2011): AirAsia chief Tan Sri Tony Fernandes is in the news again, this time attacking Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) in the social media realm, the same day the airport operator was raising the airport departure tax for international passengers as well as aircraft landing and parking charges for airlines.

    Slamming MAHB's move, Fernandes, who is also a director of Malaysia Airlines (MAS), said: "With economic conditions as they are, MAS and AirAsia have given MAHB great ideas to increase their income by working with us and attract more (new) airlines (to operate from Malaysia)... then (MAHB should) reduce (airport) charges to the people.

    "It's the passengers who pay airport tax. We are fighting for the people of Malaysia!" he posted on his Facebook page.

    Incidentally, AirAsia had scheduled a press conference yesterday to address the hike in airport taxes by MAHB, but had cancelled it at the last minute, "due to an unforeseen circumstance".

    MAHB had last month received the Transport Ministry's nod to raise airport tax at the country's 39 airports it manages, excluding low-cost carrier terminals (LCCTs), to RM65 from RM51 for international travellers. For departing international passengers at the LCCT in Sepang and Terminal 2 Kota Kinabalu, the airport tax will be raised to RM32 from RM25.

    The aircraft landing and parking charges, meanwhile, will be gradually raised by up to 30% and 64%, respectively.

    "Too many empty promises from MAHB. We as airlines get blamed for their poor performance," Fernandes said.

    He also took a swipe at the Transport Ministry's decision to approve the hike, asking why it wasn't defending the people "to make sure they get good value for the (old) RM25 airport tax".

    "They are the regulators. The ministry's secretary-general, Datuk Long See Wool, sits on the board of MAHB. How can he be objective and play fair to the airlines?" he asked.

    Fernandes also questioned MAHB's recent move to build a 3.96km third runway at the new LCCT called KLIA2 in Sepang, the delay in its completion as well as the escalating cost of building KLIA2.

    "Why is KLIA building a third runway when they don't use dual mode on two runways. London's Heathrow Airport has 60 million passengers with two runways. Fix the air traffic system, MAHB. That would have been cheaper than building another runway," he said.

    "AirAsia wants MAHB to come clean. Terminal (KLIA2) is supposed to be operational by June 2012 and supposed to cost RM2 billion. What's the truth?"

    When contacted by SunBiz yesterday, MAHB CEO and managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid said the airport operator will respond in due course.

    Fernandes also hit out at the four MPs who had on Monday criticised him and Khazanah Nasional Bhd CEO and managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar over the recent MAS-AirAsia share-swap deal.

    "(The) four MPs have...made it very personal for five years. One MP said I rape poor villagers.

    "(But) villagers could never fly before. We have worked so hard to make flying affordable and 130 million people have flown due to us. Why are these members of parliament not questioning the cost of airports and fighting for lower taxes for the rakyat?" he wrote.
Oh my dearest moo moo cow.

What are we, Malaysians, turning ourselves into???

A CEO using a social media network to launch a verbal attack on another corporation?

It now appears irrelevant on who is right and who is wrong but such verbal attack is utterly tasteless and low class. Seriously? That is not the right platform and as a 'leading' Malaysian CEO, Tony should have known better on what and what not to do.

Using Facebook to make a rant?


That's utterly childish.


Akagi Shigeru said...

Moola :
I don't agree with you. Human being patience has it's limit. I think he is running out of option. Where else can defend himself here in Malaysia. In his shoe, there is no where else for him to defend himself. Do you think the local media will be fair or even dare to print/air his statement ? I would be frustrated as well if there is a monkey MP attacked me for no reason ..... If he is childish, we have a monkey in Parliment ...

Moolah said...

Akagi: Errr... I do understand your point but at the end of the day, he is a CEO. A Malaysian Corporate leader.

He could have used a press conference to air his views, yes?

But apparently, he chose not to and decided to use Facebook.

You said "Do you think the local media will be fair or even dare to print/air his statement ?"...

well.... now .... all the local meadia have published his rant. Now I am not aware but was there any censorship on what he said?

Samgoss said...

to all bloggers in town , read this >

Tastless ?

Talk about low class n tastless, no one can beat mo mo cow !

critics Tan Teng Boon n osk r even low class than tony, not only akagi shigeru agreed on that, we samgang oso 100% agreed on how cheap ze mooloah can be !LOL!

Thief calling to catch thief !LOL!

Moolah always thought he got class n taste..LOL! ha ha

He always thought he is a class above others ^_- LOL!

Who r u moolah ? u r just an arrogant low class banana ! what better name can be awarded than this !? LOL !

random said...

I think this is a calculated move to get attention, and it's certainly worked

Akagi Shigeru said...

It is a conspiracy theory of mine that local media only dare/will air/print his rant. Why do you think he called off a press conference at the 11 hour ? Pressure from the top lah .... Some how we need to admit that in this Boleh land . it is so frustrated to talk to a bunch of monkeys..... Don't get me wrong I am not a Tony's fan ...... I am just saying the whole issue is not quite fair to him because he just doesn't have a fair platform to defend himself.... By the way Samgross ... don't dragged me into your camp ok .... It is really low class to badmouth others bloggers .... I am just sharing my different point of view with Moola. You can put into record that I am totally agree with Mollah About Tan Teng Boon .. he is the last person I will entrust my $$$$ ... Adios good day ...

Moolah said...

Akagi: Point noted.

Moolah said...

LOL! Did you try Auntie Google?


Moolah said...

................. LOL! :P

Moolah said...


Ok I will really try to be more consistent in the future.

.... :P

Four dots ok?

Moolah said...

very .... :P

Moolah said...

.... LOL! :P