I want to know what is so special about budget carrier AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes. He had been enjoying discounts up to 75 percent when flying on Malaysia Airlines (MAS), its bitter business rival.
According to the letter, which was addressed to Fernandes, the AirAsia chief executive officer had been enjoying steep discounts when flying MAS over the past two years.
Idris nevertheless brought bad news for the AirAsia boss in the letter - his travel privileges had been withdrawn beginning this month.The reason for the termination, said the MAS CEO, was the many salvos Fernandes has been firing at the national carrier which had angered its staff members.
Idris stated in the letter that his company had tried to fend off the complaints from its staff through their powerful unions on why Fernandes, who had criticised MAS on numerous occasions, was granted such a privilege.
This is solely MAS' folly. First, why give preferential treatment to an individual, worse your main competitor and critic? What about us, Malaysians? This is a case of bad subsidy. Tony is one of the richest Malaysians.
Second, the retraction of the preferential treatment is hilarious and childish. If I criticize MAS, will it cancel my booking?
Classic stupidity at work.