Start charging for booze to earn money, BN MP tells Malaysia Airlines

BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY
Abdul Ghapur said the flag carrier should follow budget airline AirAsia and charge for each in-flight service to boost its revenue. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa


KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — Malaysia Airlines (MAS) should stop serving alcoholic drinks for free on its flights, a Barisan Nasional (BN) federal lawmaker suggested in Parliament today.

Instead, Kalabakan MP Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh said the flag carrier should follow budget airline AirAsia and charge for each in-flight service to boost its revenue.

“People want MAS because they can drink alcohol till they get drunk. So I would like to suggest, do not sell. Make it like AirAsia, whereby if they want it, they pay for it. Cannot give it for free,” Abdul Ghapur said in the Dewan Rakyat.

“Datuk Speaker, for example, if we go overseas, we can see MAS, maybe they have a company which supplies alcohol, so those who take MAS’ 15-hour journey MAS to London, they can drink till they get wasted.

The Sabah MP added that if MAS continued to provide such free service, it would affect the company’s profits.

“That’s why I said, many people are unsatisfied with MAS flights. Number one it is expensive, it is really expensive. If compared to AirAsia, AirAsia is much cheaper.

“With AirAsia, there is no free drinks, no free alcohol. Everything needs to be paid. So I suggest that MAS follow in AirAsia’s steps. What passenger wants, must pay,” he added.