PUTRAJAYA: The transport ministry has named former Balik Pulau MP Nungsari Ahmad Radhi as the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) new executive chairman, replacing Gen (Rtd) Abdullah Ahmad.
Nungsari, who has a PhD in economics, served as a Mavcom commissioner since its inception in March 2016.
He is also the managing director of Prokhas Sdn Bhd, which is wholly-owned by Minister of Finance Incorporated.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke, who made the announcement, said Nungsari had the potential to lead the commission given his experience in Mavcom and his background as an economist.
“He will now look into issues related to the aviation industry.
“This includes resolving the matter of airfares of domestic flights,” he said at a press conference.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Abdullah was stepping down after more than two years in the post following controversy about his salary and calls by airlines to abolish the commission, which regulates civil aviation.
His salary of about RM85,000 a month was recently revealed by Transport Minister Anthony Loke, who noted that the amount was four times that earned by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The commission also recently came under criticism from AirAsia, Eaglexpress Air Charter and Suasa Airlines, which accused it of not understanding how the aviation industry works.
They urged the federal government to absorb Mavcom’s functions into the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia.
Criticism was also made of a passenger service charge levied on travellers departing from local airports.