Published on: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Kota Kinabalu: Umno Youth Malaysia urged the Government to protect national air carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS) from being sold to a third party in the wake of the losses experienced by the airline.
Its Information Chief, Jamawi Jaafar, said MAS had contributed a lot to the people, especially in the rural areas of Sabah and Sarawak by providing linkages to far-flung areas.
"Sabah and Sarawak are two states with huge areas and at times their rural people have to use air transportation to go to the city for various reasons, including getting health care treatment," he said.
Jamawi, who is also Umno Tenom Youth Chief, said the movement was worried that if MAS were sold to another party, it would impact the rural sector as the new owner might find it unprofitable to operate to rural areas.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, in his written reply in the Parliament on June 19, said the Government has yet to decide on MAS' fate and its financial implication to the Government.
Increasing operations costs had been identified as the main factor for MAS incurring losses.
However, implementation of strategic measures under the comprehensive business plan enabled MAS to reduce its nett losses to RM431 million in 2012 compared to RM2.52 billion in 2011.
Umno Youth hoped the Government would find the best solution to salvage Mas, which had been reported to be losing a total RM4.1 billion in the past three years.