January 2009 Archives

AirAsia Hyping Up KLIA-East

The first evidence i've seen of a Malaysian company using email to reach out to its customers to explain a controversial issue. Interesting.

Dear Valued Guest,

We at AirAsia and AirAsia X appreciate your patronage in choosing us for your travel. As a regular user of the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang, we have heard your concerns and complaints about the cramped facilities at the LCCT. Many of you may not be aware that the terminal is owned, operated and managed NOT by AirAsia but by Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd., a government-linked company.

To help serve you even better, AirAsia - together with Sime Darby Bhd. - proposed to the government that we be allowed to construct and operate a new terminal to cater to the airline's exponential growth. The Cabinet approved our request for the new terminal - KLIA-East, or as we like to call it, The Rakyat's Terminal - to be located just a short distance from the KLIA Main Terminal. The new terminal in Labu, Negeri Sembilan, is scheduled to be in operation early 2011.

In recent days, the proposed KLIA-East terminal has generated a lot of debates and discussions in the media - print, broadcast and online. We appreciate the fact that almost everyone who has voiced their view agrees that AirAsia needs a new terminal. For us, the staff of the airline, the new terminal is very much a matter of the company's survival given the number of new aircraft joining our ranks - at least two are being delivered every month - and the growth in passengers, estimated to reach 60 million in 2013.

We would like to appeal for your support in helping us deliver on our promises to you and in making The Rakyat's Terminal a reality. We have set up a designated web site where we will try and clear misconceptions regarding the project and provide answers to questions you may have regarding KLIA-East. Do drop by and have a look. We would also like to appeal to you to voice out your support for the project - and for lower fares, convenience and a comfortable environment - by writing to the print media, appearing on broadcast media, responding in the online media, especially blogs, and contacting your elected representatives.

For more facts and enquiries on KLIA-East, please log on to www.airasia.com or head on over to the blog.

Metro vs Gaza. Metro Wins.

Here in the Menara Maybank lobby, there are two counters open for the convenience of the staff. One counter is Metrojaya -- all sorts of sale items; the ladies are swarming over bedsheets, linen and perfumes like maggots over a carcass.

The other counter, is a donations counter for the Gaza victims. The only people there are those who are manning it, presumably to watch over the donations box and encourage people to add to it. The donations box looks decidedly forlorn.

Just a few feet away, thousands of ringgit are being poured into Metrojaya's coffers.

People say they care about Gaza. They are outraged. Poor Palestinian babies!

Looks like they care about a Metrojaya sale more.

Muslim Unity Over Gaza

Received several SMSs over the last few days, all calling for a boycott of popular American brands. Allegedly, these US companies supply funds to the Israelis, therefore, if we stop buying those products, this will mean less money for the Israelis, therefore less funds to buy weapons to wage war on the Palestinians. A boycott for "MUSLIM UNITY", the SMSs said.

Sounds straightforward enough, but another example of good intentions backed up by foolish intelligence. No wonder the Muslim world is in such disarray.

I replied to each SMS with the following:

"Do you realize that a boycott of the type you're asking for will only serve to hurt the thousands of Malaysian MUSLIMS who work for these companies and/or are part of these companies' supply chain? If your boycott is successful, it'll mean lost jobs, fewer hiring opportunities, wage losses, no bonuses, etc. In a climate of such economic uncertainty, your actions will potentially condemn our brothers and sisters to financial hardship. If you really care about the plight of Muslims, forward this SMS to your Muslim friends and family. Let us show some MUSLIM INTELLIGENCE, for once. Wassalam."
Brothers and sisters, the violence in Palestine saddens us all. But think with your head, not your heart.

ps. Just to further prove how twisted some minds are, i actually received a reply to my SMS from one person. It said (paraphrased):

"Yes, they may lose their jobs and livelihood, but thats the sacrifice they are making for Islam."
I rest my case. Muslim Unity indeed. 

Abundance of Good Air

Try this some day.

Early morning rush hour. People going up an escalator to get to their office. Take the same escalator up, breathe deeply.

Enjoy the wonderful scent of fresh people. All ready to meet the challenges of the new day.

89.9 BFM

Discovered a new radion station this morning, 89.9 BFM - a business-centric radio station. Actually saw a bumper sticker on a cab in front of me this morning that prompted me to tune in, and was very interested to hear that an interview with the DAP economist, Tony Pua, was going on.

As i drove from home to the office, i spent 35 minutes listening to a very good interview with a surprisingly honest and frank Tony Pua answering some difficult questions. He stumbled and fumbled a bit, but overall, his answers on a range of issue from life as a new MP, the 2009 Malaysian Budget, coalition politics between DAP and PAS and his passion for education in Malaysia, were well thought out. I was impressed, though i wouldn't agree with him on many of his opinions.

Perhaps the best 35 minutes i've spent in some time. I've always wanted a good talk-show radio station in Malaysia, so that i can spend the mindless hours in traffic listening to something mindful. I'll be tuning again this evening, and certainly tomorrow morning.


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