KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13: The management and shareholders of MYAirline Sdn Bhd should be severely punished for “defrauding 125,000 passengers of RM20 million in flight tickets booked in advance up to March 2024,’ said DAP National Chairman and Member of Parliament for Bagan, Lim Guan Eng.
In a statement issued here today, Guan Eng said the abrupt termination of services and flights without any public assurances by the company of a full refund of the RM20 million bought by the passengers was not only irresponsible as stated by Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook, but could be criminal in nature.
“The management has acted in a criminal manner by hiding crucial information and even defrauding both the authorities and their customers, who had gone to the airports fruitlessly for non-existent flights. Many angry passengers feel cheated, especially the 10,000 passengers on 39 flights who turned up in vain yesterday (Thursday, Oct 12).
Guan Eng asked why MYAirline was given a license to operate by the previous government when they had such a dubious financial background.
“Such failure of governance by the previous government has impaired Malaysia’s international reputation in the airline industry. Was any proper diligence done by the relevant authorities then until the budget airline company can go bust barely a year after operations commenced?”
He said the priority now would be to return in full the RM20 million in flight tickets bought by the 125,000 passengers.
“Whilst we are certain that both the Transport Ministry and Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) will conduct a thorough investigation, action must be taken not just against the company but any government official that may have colluded with the company.”