Monday, May 07, 2012

Sabah tourism hoping for better air connectivity

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said while the State Government is keen to have a representative sitting on the MAS Board of Directors, it is also aware that the national carrier is a public listed firm.

"It is governed by rules. We hold a five per cent stake in the airline and that does not qualify for our representative to sit in the MAS board," he said.

He also hoped that whatever strategic alliance proposed between Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia following the scrapping of the share swap deal would be able to resolve the air connectivity problem faced by Sabah (following the suspension of direct flights between KK and five Oriental destinations as well as Perth since January).

"Therefore, hopefully it will be able to address the complaints by Sabah people including demand for more direct flights to Japan and Australia as well as offering cheaper fare to allow more Malaysians to travel," he said.

"We hope these issues could be addressed through the proposed joint-venture or in other words people will be able to travel like they used to," he said, after launching the "Sabah Protects Sharks - Imperial Gourment Soup Challenge" at Suria Mall, Sunday.

He was asked to comment on the statement by United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) Secretary General Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau who supported the scraping of the share swap deal between Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia Bhd.

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