The recent back and forward in the media between airlines and regulators in Malaysia has seen a series of new revelations and a lot of issues come to the forefront, what is clear is that the aviation industry in Malaysia needs to get focused on solutions and quickly. What that road map looks like and how will it come about in the current acidic environment is yet to be seen. One industry expert weighed in on what needs to be done.
“With or without MAVCOM, the current government now has the perfect opportunity to reform the civil aviation sector and in turn achieve the best return on tax payers’ money. This is a comprehensive approach of where it is imperative that all stakeholders must be involved for it to be implemented. Malaysia has the ability to compete on a regional and global level as it’s strategically located and is able to offer a competitive cost benefit structure that is superior than other regional competitors.”
“The government should take head of the industry players as they are the operators involved in the day to day operations of the airlines. At the same time, there is a need to understand the future requirements of the aviation industry over the next 5 to 10 years so effective aviation ecosystem infrastructure can be planned and executed.”
“It is important to remember that this not only directly impacts the aviation sector but also other key sectors including tourism. A huge percentage of 26 million visitors that arrived last year have spent over RM 25 billion on shopping alone and took a flight to get here. Coupled with the fact that according to official estimates, tourism sector is responsible for employing directly and indirectly 1.7 million people in Malaysia, so there is a lot at stake.”
Rizal Kamaruzzaman is the Executive Director of Tindakan Strategi, a boutique consultancy firm based in Kuala Lumpur. As a trained Aerospace Engineer and an alumni of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Rizal brings an additional dimension to the understanding of the aerospace industry. He has consulted both the government and the private sectors over the last 15 years.