Thursday, January 10, 2013


SEPANG: AirAsia's 10,000 free return tickets to Sabah and Sarawak will be available for booking on Wednesday for travel between Jan 14 and Feb 4.
AirAsia chief executive officer Aireen Omar said that bookings for the free seats are open to all Malaysians with valid MyKads for 24 hours beginning at 12.01am on Jan 9.
However, airport taxes will be applicable, even though fares and fuel surcharge are waived.
Baggage allocation, in-flight meals, seat selection and other value-added services are also not included in the free seats.
The free seats are only valid for flights departing from Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Labuan, Sandakan, Miri, Tawau Sibu, Bintulu, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Baru.
In a statement on Monday, AirAsia said that the offer was part of the 1Malaysia Integration Programme with AirAsia' launched last Saturday by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak.
“We have a total of 417 weekly flights between Peninsular and East Malaysia, and 62 daily flights departing from Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru to eight destinations in Sabah and Sarawak.
“This is our way of giving back to the rakyat for their support, and will be the first of many more of such efforts to come from AirAsia,” said Aireen.
The free seats are not offered for domestic flights within the Peninsular or within East Malaysia.
A special 1Malaysia aircraft livery was launched last Saturday to commemorate the 1Malaysia Integration Programme with AirAsia'.
“WOW! Such magnanimity!” “This is stuff for the Guiness Book of Records!” “No Prime Minister before has ever swung such a deal for the rakyat!” These are some reactions I got. The adulations stopped when I popped my observations:
Why January 14 to February 4?
Sabah and Sarawak are not celebrating any festivities during this period! Its 3 weeks before Chinese New Year! It is not even Visit Sabah or Sarawak Year!
Why not for the GE13 period?
During the Sibu by elections, I appealed to Tony Fernendez in a blog posting to give free tickets to Sibu people working in Peninsula to return home to exercise their constitutional rights. During the Sarawak State Elections I challenged Tony Fernendez to do the same. ZILCH! Wither Corporate Social Responsibility? Why now a 1 Malaysia Integration Program with Air Asia? For Peninsula Malaysians to visit these two states? It SHOULD be for Sarawakians and Sabahans to go back to vote and for Peninsular Malaysians working in East Malaysia to come back to vote. Many East Malaysians cannot afford to make another trip (unless free) to go home to vote during the GE13 period.
I am surprised that Air Asia got sucked into this pseudo integration program. Tony, who I reckon is an astute Premier League Club owner, must go for a win-win situation. Here is how. Get the new kid on the block, PETRON as part of CSR to fuel up all the flights, FOC that is……unless like many of us he too is boycotting Petron.
“This is our way of giving back to the rakyat for their support, and will be the first of many more of such efforts to come from AirAsia,” said Aireen.
CEO Aireen Omar was humbled at the snapping up of the 10,000 free seats by 11am yesterday. She earlier said, “This is our way of giving back to the rakyat for their support, and will be the first of many more of such efforts to come from AirAsia.” We will hold you to this come GE13 period. That would not only be an 1Malaysia Integration Program, it would be the mother of all patriotism program by a Malaysian Corporation for Malaysians. YES?


patrick said...

..and because he's in the premier's league,his appendages are pretty much don't hold your breath 'cos that's the reality of doing business in "you help me,I help you"-land!

Anonymous said...

Big scam n pulling wool over the rakyats' eyes. This Tony cannot trust him doing good to the people. He is typical money face and money is his God.

Roti Sunshine said...

Free of charge? Rubbish! Behind the rakyat's backs, the Federal Treasury will pick up the tab. In other words, the other taxpayers who don't go on these so-called free trips will have to pay through their noses to fund these so-called free trips. The national debt will go up another notch and the future generations will have to burden a higher tax bill!


Anonymous said...

Bodohnya Uncle Zorro. You think Fernandes wants to listen to you. Tak mainlah.
Najib is the PM and he has the interests of the people at heart.
He's got a reason to smirk since his rating is improving day by day.
Compare his smiling face to your corrugated forehead boss, Anwar

Budak pandai

Anonymous said...

Hey, it's not the money that counts la.

Can you imagine Sabahans and Sarawakians taking annual leave to fly back this time, then Chinese New Year.

By the time they call for the GE, these people no longer have annual leave to take to go home to vote.

Remember, Sabahans and Sarawakians in Peninsula Malaysia are probably most exposed to information about corruptions of BN, hence they are likely to be a bastion for change.

santhira kumar said...

It is possible that Elections MAY be held from Jan 14th to 4th Feb and all those 10,000 seats were snapped by pengundi hantus....

Please check on this.

Anonymous said...

We'll see whether Air Asia will show compassion to ferry voters to n from East Malaysia come Election time for FREE.
Tony F is known to be a b**** carrier
of the BN regime. Leopard never change it's spots.

ARA said...

with respect : I humbly see the effort as insincere -'s hurrried over a very limited time.
2.timing is not right - integration is not within the time frame of Jan 14 to Feb 4 .
3.the most appropriate timing for integration is during holiday/year end, where human traffic flow either way is high; of course , it never expected that all seat are to dished out free.
N.B : perharps giving a good discount for more seats throughout the year wld be a much meaningful n better move...that's when a win-win-win (3 parties :AA/Gvt/customers)cld be achieved.
- its anyone calculated guest, that the free seat expense('loss') wld be recovered by higher than wld be fare, n less offer lower price seats outside the period (that's an expected business strategy for which anyone can figure out).
For sure, all thing free, ppl will grab... there is a cost to all things ,including freebies!!

Pl AA, be more genuine!

Vpb said...

I am looking at it from a different angle and hope I'm wrong. All those east msians who hv snapped up the free tickets will not bother to go back come march for the elections as they would hv Balik kampung in feb.

bumi-non-malay said...

The question that one should ask why Malaysian in Malaysia also CANNOT do Postal vote.....

ABU and Sabah / Sarawak get out of Malaysia and GIVE option for Malaysian to Migrate before UMNO rape and clean out ALL your resources + $$$$$$$$$ and make Sabah / Sarawak Myanmar or Zimbabwe....

flyer168 said...


Just to share this...


You be the judge.


Anonymous said...

This free seats thingy could very well be another Najibi/Tony Scam, with 90% seats faked/reserved

wandererAUS said...

AirAsia, that's the last airline I will take...even it is free! Many items are not inclusive, the takers at the end of the day will be well screwed. Do you trust a fcuking snake
holding this unscrupulous fort? Travelers made AirAsia and travelers can also, make them eat shit...they are not the only airline. If one take a bit of trouble, a fully serviced airline can offer you almost the same price, better comfort and service...most importantly, not having to use the "Refugee Check-in" counters!

Anonymous said...

I never trust Tony and AirAsia.

Sell you cheap tickets a year ahead and then change the flight time to late evening or very early morning!

I prefer Tiger Air an Scoot from singapore.

Anonymous said...

Tony tambi born and along the way became a snake.....and he will die a snake. Never ever trust him nor Air Asia marketing scheme. It's all a big scam. Go for Firefly or Tiger Air they are very much more reliable.

Anonymous said...

....and in the star today it is reported that 10,000 bangladesh coming in .....

Anonymous said...

Now more angry with Tony. May be he is behind this 10,000 Bangla people coming into Malaysia. This is waht you call Reverse Ourtage.

malayanboy said...

I tried for the LAST ticket at 9am and was kicked out when I was at the payment page.

11am? She must be trying to look nice.

Anonymous said...

This TF fellow was a nobody but a rascal. Only when he started licking and 'bodek' Mamak Kutty's balls he was given opportunities to cheat the travellers.Not to worry. God is watching. He will surely go the way of Paul Augustine as it is the same curse from the poor people whom he had cheated.

wongty robert said...

Entice the Sabahans, Sarawakians working in P. Malaysia to use up all their paid leaves before GE13. This will ensure that they cannot return and influence their home folks to vote differently on polling day!

Anonymous said...

A good reminder of the C4-Mongolian case here: