‘Liow must ask air­line to pay up’

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KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Supreme Coun­cil mem­ber Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said Malindo Air needs to pay its air­port tax ar­rears amount­ing to RM70 mil­lion.

Re­spond­ing to Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who had re­futed the claim that the air­port tax col­lec­tion mech­a­nism was flawed, Puad said Liow did not have to an­swer on be­half of the air­line, but only in­struct them to pay.

“There is no need for the min­is­ter to an­swer on be­half of Malindo Air.

“He should just in­struct them (the air­line) to pay the ar­rears; more so since the tax money be­longs to the gov­ern­ment.”

He said he was sur­prised that Malindo Air had been given spe­cial treat­ment when it was a for­eign air­line.

“I un­der­stand that other air­line com­pa­nies are given only one month to set­tle their ar­rears.”

He said the air­line must be pres­sured to set­tle its ar­rears as soon as pos­si­ble.

Yes­ter­day, Liow said he was aware of the air­line’s ar­rears, but re­but­ted claims that the cur­rent air­port tax col­lec­tion mech­a­nism was flawed.

He said he was con­fi­dent that Malindo Air would pay its out­stand­ing air­port tax, adding that the usual prac­tice was to give air­lines six months to set­tle its ar­rears.

He was re­spond­ing to Puad’s ear­lier state­ment on the air­line’s out­stand­ing air­port tax.

Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi

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