“Daylight robbery” in the skies: DAP man urges Mavcom to investigate exorbitant airfares

Michael Kong Feng Nian

KUCHING, Feb 21: A one-way economy seat ticket from Kuching to Kuala Lumpur costing more than RM2,000 is nothing short of daylight robbery, therefore the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) must immediately investigate these exorbitant airfare prices and take appropriate measures to ensure fair and reasonable air travel pricing, says Michael Kong Feng Nian.

Kong, who is a special assistant to Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen, asserted in a statement today that at a time when the government is actively working to reduce living costs and financial burdens on the people, it is unacceptable for airlines to engage in profiteering practices that unfairly exploit consumers.

“Access to affordable air travel is essential for individuals and businesses alike, and the exorbitant pricing of airfare tickets not only places undue financial strain on travellers but also impedes economic activity and mobility,” he noted.

Kong asserted Mavcom must act to protect consumers’ interests and ensure that air travel remains accessible and affordable to all Malaysians.

“I call upon Mavcom to conduct a thorough investigation into the pricing practices of airliners and take decisive action to address this issue.

“We cannot allow airliners to continue to exploit consumers with unjustifiably high airfare prices, especially during these challenging times.

“It is time for Mavcom to fulfil its mandate and uphold the rights of consumers by ensuring fair and transparent pricing in the aviation industry,” Kong added. — DayakDaily