AIRAsia Group Bhd’s attempt to extend the respite period from being classed as a Practice Note 17 (PN17) business was unsuccessful. As a result, the low-cost carrier is now classified as a PN17 corporation (company that is in financial distress).
I pray that AirAsia will be able to get through this difficult time. Letting it fail is not an option for us as Malaysians. It is one of our nation’s best success stories.
To the average person like me, it’s not just an airline; it is an important part of the lives of ordinary Malaysians, especially students and those who work or live away from their home towns and would need to travel by air to go back home.
AirAsia enabled me to visit my father and mother when I didn’t have much money. It made it possible for many people to travel by air at an affordable rate to be with loved ones during festive seasons.
It also facilitated the speedy return of family members during times of bereavement.
Before the advent of AirAsia, dreaming of a vacation overseas was just that – a dream.
Many of us, as well as our family and friends, can now fly to local and overseas destinations to enjoy a holiday at a reasonable cost, thanks to AirAsia.
AirAsia is a soft power that Malaysia has never recognised. Its contribution to putting our country in the international spotlight is remarkable.
In our limited ability and capacities, it is our patriotic duty to support AirAsia. We are all stakeholders in this national asset.
Many Malaysians may not agree with me, but AirAsia is a major Malaysian narrative for me, and it’s very much a part of my everyday existence.
To Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, we have never met and probably never will, but I am certain that you can restore AirAsia to its former glory as one of the world’s most influential brands.
As long as AirAsia continues to thrive, and we can afford it, we will continue to support this business. This is because of how AirAsia has made our everyday lives more colourful and exciting as we are taken by it to our home towns, universities, numerous states and countries via flights tailored to our financial capability.
AirAsia. DR ABDUL RAZAK AHMAD
Founding Director of Bait al-Amanah and Founder of NAHEL Endowment for Peace