PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) has said that it was not consulted on the government's decision to merge it with the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM).
Mavcom's executive chairman Dr Nungsari Ahmad Radhi expressed disappointment with the decision saying that it was "made with seeming disdain and without consultation with us".
"It reflects poorly on those involved in this decision.
"We are all on the same side. We all have the same concerns about the state and development of the industry in Malaysia; the health of the aviation service providers, consumer welfare and investor confidence.
"There is also this urgent issue of CAAM downgrade that needs to be addressed together," he said in a statement on Thursday (Dec 12).
Dr Nungsari said the Government's decision to repeal the Mavcom Act meant that there was no need for an independent economic regulator for the aviation industry that looks into commercial licensing, competition matters as well as consumer welfare and public service obligations.
He added that those functions did not exist before Mavcom was set up.
Mavcom was set up in March 2016, under the Malaysian Aviation Commission Act 2015 while CAAM was established as an incorporated body via the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia Act 2017 in February 2018.
Before CAAM's establishment, it was known as the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) under the Transport Ministry.
Given the Government's decision, Dr Nungsari said he would focus on two main issues.
He said the first was looking after the welfare of the staff while the other was to responsibly hand over its statutory role.
"I will work with the commissioners to put into effect a proper transition for the staff, and upon doing that, we will hand over all statutory roles and responsibilities to the Transport Ministry. They can then affect their decision. In the meantime, we will continue to perform our role as stated in the Act," he said.
Dr Nungsari added that he was proud of the team at Mavcom, which consists of a mix of experience and highly-talented young people, who have performed with integrity and professionalism to improve both the standards of service as well as the regulatory framework in the industry.
The Edge reported that the Cabinet had approved the merging of Mavcom and CAAM to consolidate the technical and economic aspects of the civil aviation industry.
The report noted that the structure of the merged entity is not currently known, adding that legislation needed to be amended in order to unwind Mavcom.
CAAM was recently also downgraded from Category 1 to 2 by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last November.
The regulatory body has vowed to regain its status as a Category 1 regulator within 24 months.