AirAsia Group CEO Mr. Tony Fernandes commented on alleged interference in the running of the airline by Malaysia‘s Government ahead of the general election earlier this month.
Mr. Fernandes said he was asked to remove AirAsia X senior independent non-executive chairman Rafidah Aziz due to her involvement in political campaigns.
“I refused to do so because I thought it was not the right thing to do”, Mr. Fernandes said. “It was getting harder and harder to resist the pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office”, he added.
In response to Mr. Fernandes allegations, the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) announced the launch of an investigation.
“The Malaysian Aviation Commission considers these claims serious allegations. We have immediately commenced an investigation into these claims. We will keep members of the public informed”, the MAVCOM said in a statement.
The Malaysian Aviation Commission was formally established on 1 March 2016 under the Malaysian Aviation Commission Act 2015 as an independent entity to regulate economic and commercial matters related to civil aviation in Malaysia.