Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sarawak Assistant Minister Tourism - Airasia monopoly not good for Sarawakians

Now both the Deputy Speaker of Dewan Rakyat Yang Berhormat Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and Sarawak Assistant Minister Yang Berhormat Mong Dagang has picked up on Biro Ekonomi Pemuda PBB Abdul Aziz Adenan concern on MAS/Airasia share swap.

YB Wan Junaidi have asked both the federal and sarawak state government to intervene in the MAS/Airasia share swap so that it doesn't affect the tourism industry adversely.

YB Mong Dagang has gone even further and recognized that Biro Ekonomi Pemuda PBB has picked up on the danger for low-income Sarawakians if Sir Tony Fernandez closes down Fireflyz and give his own Airasia a monopoly in the low cost sector.  YB Mong Dagang stated that since Fireflyz started flying to Sarawak last year there has been a steady increase of tourists to Sarawak.

YB Mong Dagang also stated his objection to monopoly by Airasia in the low cost sector.

This blog first highlighted the issue on the 11th of August 2011 while Biro Ekonomi Pemuda PBB Abdul Aziz Adenan first made a press release on the issue on the 23rd of September 2011.

Demise of Firefly will badly affect tourism

KUCHING: With the impending demise of the low-cost carrier Firefly, there has been talk that the state’s tourism industry will be badly affected.

When asked to comment on the matter, former Assistant Minister of Tourism Mong Dagang said he did not favour monopoly in the airline industry.

“It should be an open industry as competition is good for the people and the tourists,” he said when being interviewed by New Sarawak Tribune during a Hari Raya gathering at the Sarawak Museum here on Wednesday night.

He added that the cutback of flights and routes into Sarawak would certainly curtail the development of tourism industry in the state.

“Firefly has been doing a good job to assist AirAsia and MAS.

If it stops flying into Sarawak, it would have serious repercussions on the state’s tourism industry,” he explained.

“I think the tourism players are getting nervous that we do not have enough air flights into the state, particularly the lowcost carrier which can bring in many tourists.

With Firefly launched in Kuching last year, we have seen a good rise in the number of tourists coming into Sarawak,” he said, adding that if the airline stops flying into Sarawak, the state’s tourism industry is heading for gloomy days.

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