CAP hits out at Loke, appeals to Dr M to retain Mavcom

Mavcom is to be merged with the transport ministry’s Civil Aviation Authority. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) has appealed to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to retain the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom), which is being disbanded and merged with another government aviation body.

“The letter was sent earlier this week hoping that a decision to merge or dissolve Mavcom will not be taken to satisfy certain vested interests,” said CAP president Mohideen Abdul Kader.

CAP criticised Putrajaya’s decision to absorb Mavcom into the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), saying Transport Minister Loke Siew Fook was shortsighted at a time when CAAM’s capabilities have come under scrutiny.

It cited a recent study by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Institute of Malaysian and International Studies that found CAAM suffered from problems related to manpower and experienced engineers and pilots.

“So why is a self-sufficient regulatory body that is functioning as it should, being disbanded in favour of a regulatory body that is struggling, inefficient and incompetent?” asked Mohideen in a statement.

He said since its inception, Mavcom has been addressing the welfare of airline passengers, adding that the commission was also more effective as it was answerable to Parliament and not to the minister.

“They also do not get funding from the government but are funded by just RM1.00 from every outgoing airline passenger,” he added.

He said the transport ministry must explain why it “decided to kill Mavcom instead of taking steps to improve CAAM by having it modelled along the lines of Mavcom.”

“We call on the government to rescind the decision to dissolve Mavcom and on the parliamentarians to oppose any move to repeal the Malaysian Aviation Commission Act 2015,” he added.