You will face clo­sure of op­er­a­tions or sus­pen­sion of li­cence, says man­ag­ing di­rec­tor

New Straits Times - - Front Page - AMIR HISYAM RASID SEPANG

MALAYSIA Air­ports Hold­ings Bhd (MAHB) has warned Malindo Air and other air­lines of hefty penal­ties if they fail to pay

their over­dues within the fis­cal year. Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Datuk Badlisham Ghaz­ali said the penal­ties in­clude op­er­a­tions clo­sure or li­cence sus­pen­sion.

Badlisham said MAHB would not take a le­nient ap­proach to en­cour­age faster col­lec­tion by of­fer­ing re­bates to air­lines ow­ing out­stand­ing pay­ments to the air­port op­er­a­tor.

He, how­ever, noted that all air­lines did even­tu­ally pay the air­port taxes they col­lected.

“In the past, there has never been a case where an air­line failed to pay its air­port tax ex­cept for those that de­parted (closed op­er­a­tions) from op­er­at­ing at Malaysia’s air­ports.

“It is not a debt, it is only an over­due. Malindo Air, in this case, has gone through some grow­ing pains as it has new des­ti­na­tions and fre­quen­cies to cater for,” Badlisham said here yes­ter­day.

“I be­lieve if it in­tends to con­tinue op­er­at­ing in Malaysia, it will en­sure

that its out­stand­ing dues are paid.”

It was re­ported that Malindo had an over­due of about RM70 mil­lion in air­port taxes but Badlisham de­clined to deny or con­firm the amount.

This week, the Trans­port Min­istry had or­dered MAHB to im­me­di­ately re­solve the is­sue of Malindo Air­ways Sdn Bhd — the op­er­a­tor of Malindo Air — fail­ing to pay the air­port tax.

Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had re­port­edly is­sued the or­der at a meet­ing with MAHB chair­man Tan Sri Syed Zainol An­war Syed Pu­tra Ja­malul­lail last week.

On July 30, Umno Supreme Coun­cil mem­ber Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi urged MAHB to clar­ify if Malindo Air had paid RM70 mil­lion in air­port taxes this year.

He also asked why the air­line was given “spe­cial treat­ment” in pay­ing the out­stand­ing amount.

MAHB man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Datuk Badlisham Ghaz­ali


Malindo Air Boe­ing 737-800 air­planes at the tar­mac of Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

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