Hike a huge blow to budget travellers


  • Letters
  • Tuesday, 17 Oct 2017

I AM writing in response to the report “PSC hike at KLIA2 will affect travel – AirAsia chairman” (The Star, Oct 6) on the plan to standardise the passenger service charge (PSC) between KLIA and KLIA2 by the Government.

I am a small-time businessman from Cyberjaya. I often travel to China for work and whenever possible, opt to travel on the cheap to save cost. As such, budget air travel is my best friend when it comes to my business trips.

But when news about the planned PSC hike was released, I started to revise my spending again to keep up with the constant price increases in the country.

The idea of budget travel is to provide a cheap alternative for people who do not have the luxury of a large allowance. KLIA2 was supposed to be that alternative, having been branded “the world’s largest purpose-built terminal dedicated to low-cost carriers” when it first opened its doors in 2014. For that reason, I would purposely book most of my international flights from KLIA2, taking advantage of its purpose as a hub for budget airlines.

However, this might all change if the PSC hike comes into effect. The implementation of this new rate is unfair for budget travellers like myself. It will unnecessarily increase my travel expenses amid other charges in the country like GST.

As someone who mostly travels for work, it will also directly harm my business potential. Travel is now increasingly necessary, especially if businesses wish to compete with regional and international rivals. The Government should not be hampering economic opportunities for small enterprise owners, especially when Malaysia’s economic recovery remains slow.

Therefore, I call on the Government to carefully review the negative impact that the PSC hike will have on Malaysians, especially the small businesses that will be affected.

HAZRI JOHAN

Cyberjaya

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