By JACK WONG
KUCHING: Malaysia Airlines should scrap meals served on flights between the peninsula and Sarawak as one way to reduce its high airfares.
Sarawak Teachers Union president William Ghani Bina, who made this call, said passengers could afford not to have meals during the flights.
Many passengers travelling on the evening flights, for example, have their dinner before boarding. They do not need to have another meal on board,’’ he said yesterday.
Ghani said the national carriers return fares between here and Kuala Lumpur had increased to over RM800 (inclusive of airport tax) from RM528 previously, and this was a burden to the travelling public.
Many parents send their children for studies outside Sarawak. They have no choice but to fly.
He said the union was encouraged by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razaks recent statement that the government would ask MAS to lower fares between the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak during a meeting this week.
Najib had said during the Umno general assembly that MAS fares to Sabah and Sarawak should not burden passengers who had no other means to travel between peninsula and the two states.
MAS recently raised fares to the two states by 25% to cover high fuel costs.
While we understand the financial burden of MAS, it is very unethical for it to transfer the burden to the people,’’ he added.
Ghani said as the oil prices had dropped to below US$60 barrel (from a high of nearly US$80), it was time that MAS reduced its fuel surcharge as some foreign airlines had done.