The passengers checking in at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 27 APRIL 2020. airlines domestic flights tickets
The passengers checking in at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 27 APRIL 2020.

By Manzaidi Mohd Amin

KUALA LUMPUR – The government had requested airlines to reduce the prices of their domestic flight tickets between the Peninsular of Malaysia to Sabah and Sarawak to their usual rate.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, there is no reason for the airlines to impose high ticket prices which burden the people for domestic destinations.

He said, the Special Ministers’ Meeting on the Implementation of Movement Control Order (MCO) is aware of the high flight ticket charges. The government has allowed the airlines to operate in full capacity, thus, the ticket prices need to return to pre-MCO original prices.

“We have asked them to adjust the ticket prices to its normal level, especially for the students, teachers and higher learning institutions who will return to resume their studies,” he said during the Covid-19 news conference today.

The Ministry of Transport has also been requested to organise a discussion with the airlines to seek solution.

According to Ismail Sabri, the airlines had earlier increase their prices as they cannot operate in full capacity. They were operating at 60 percent in compliance to the SOP from the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Security Council (NSC).

Besides that, airlines are also requested to provide special prices to teachers and students to return to their campuses.

Meanwhile, he said that foreign Muslim students residing at the campuses are allowed to perform their Friday prayers at the surau or mosque within the vicinity of their universities.

However, they are not allowed to go to the surau or mosque outside their campus for Friday prayer due to the SOP from MOH and MKN.

“There is no new campus cluster yet. So, they can perform their Friday prayer at the surau or mosque within their campus. They cannot go to the surau or mosque outside their campus,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette

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