Datuk A. Kadir Jasin PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 21 FEBRUARY 2019 FAA CAAM Malaysia downgrade Category 2 Category 1
Datuk A. Kadir Jasin PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 21 FEBRUARY 2019

By Mohammad Arif Nizam

KUALA LUMPUR – The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) must be held responsible after the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) downgrades Malaysia’s aviation safety rating from Category 1 to Category 2.

According to Datuk A. Kadir Jasin, the Ministry of Transport must share the burden, responsibility and shame on the embarrassing incident.

The veteran journalist also hoped that the government can act swiftly in overcoming that situation and restore the confidence of the global aviation industry towards Malaysia.

“I think he and his top management at CAAM should take responsibly for this shameful event.

“I hope the government too would act quickly to address the situation and restore confidence.

“It doesn’t matter that only one Malaysian registered airline i.e AirAsia X currently flies to the USA i.e to Hawaii, the US downgrade could have negative effects on the whole spectrum of aviation,” he said in a Facebook post today.

Kadir added that FAA’s decision is a double blow to the government as it happened on the eve of the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 and when the government had just adopted aviation as one of the key drivers of the economy.

“In fact the entire aviation-related regulatory mechanism must be looked at. We cannot have civil servants and government appointees engaging in egoism and jingoism,” he said.

CAAM announced late yesterday that the FAA has listed it as a Category 2 aviation regulator as of Monday. This followed an FAA review of CAAM that was carried out in April 2019.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of CAAM, Ahmad Ridzwan Mohd Salleh said that the Chief Executive Officer of CAAM has tendered his resignation on 1 November.

The downgraded rating by the FAA means that Malaysia now cannot open new routes to the U.S. or code-share with American carriers. Besides that, Malaysian aircrafts are also subjected to additional monitoring at US airports.

The downgrade of rating places Malaysia at the same category with Thailand, where its rating was downgraded to Category 2 since December 2015.

The other Category 2 countries are Bangladesh, Ghana and Costa Rica. – MalaysiaGazette

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