KUCHING: The government should consider awarding another low-cost carrier licence to cater for the greater Borneo and the Asean region through a new airline called Borneo Airways, The Movement for Change Sarawak (MoCS) leader Francis Paul Siah said today.
He suggested the new licence be given to the Sarawak and Sabah governments to jointly establish an airline to serve the interests of East Malaysians.
“An airline owned by Sabah and Sarawak is long overdue,” he said in a statement here.
In Parliament yesterday, Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman proposed that the government award another low-cost carrier licence to give some competition to AirAsia.
The MoCS leader said that there was a ready airline boss in Sarawakian Idris Jala, the current Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, who could helm the new airline.
“Jala has done well in Malaysia Airlines [MAS] and he would also have a ready pool of airline staff if MAS were to trim its personnel as part of its current restructuring exercise,” he said.
He said what is left now is the political will of the two state governments to venture into the airline industry which should not be considered “unchartered territory” now.