MEDIA STATEMENT (10 APRIL 2018): Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAS) Must Reduce Air Fares and Waive Re-booking and Re-routing Charges Near Polling Day

Following the dissolution of parliament and the upcoming 14th General Elections (GE14), the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) welcomes the announcement by Cathay Pacific, Malindo Airlines and Air Asia who are offering the convenience of fare concessions to Malaysian voters who will be scheduling return flight closer to polling day.
The consideration of Cathay Pacific, Malindo Airlines and Air Asia towards Malaysian voters outside of the country who wish to resturn to Malaysian soil and cast their votes, is greatly appreciated by BERSIH 2.0 and the people of Malaysia. This is also in line with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
BERSIH 2.0 calls on Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and other airlines to follow in the footsteps of Cathay Pacific, Malindo Airlines and Air Asia in performing their corporate social duty by reducing air fares and waiving rebooking as well as rerouting charges during GE14, especially for those who live, work or study overseas so that they may fulfil their responsibility as voters in deciding the next government and the direction of the country.
Such services would also ease travel for Sabah and Sarawakian voters who are working in Peninsular Malaysia as well as voters from Peninsular Malaysia who work in Sabah and Sarawak, so that they may return to cast their votes. In addition to this, MAS is also a Government-linked Organisation (GLC) and is funded by public money, and as such, bear a greater responsibility to the people of Malaysia more than any other airlines.
In conjunction with our demand, BERSIH 2.0 had initiated a petition to gather voices of Malaysian citizens especially voters in Malaysia who are working abroad to rebooking and rerouting charges for Malaysian voters who will be returning to vote during GE14.
This petition was initiated in view that there are hundreds of thousands of Malaysian citizens overseas who are eligible to vote and find it difficult to return and vote during the elections owing to high travel costs and apply for work/study leave. Majority of voters would need to make reservations and apply to change their ticket dates seeing that polling day is just announced short notice by the Election Commision (EC) on 9th May 2018 that is less than a month period from now.
To date, almost 3,000 people have signed onto the petition. Bersih 2.0 calls on those who have yet to sign the petition, to do so with immediate urgency so that we can gather as many signatures as possible to generate strong solidarity for this appeal at: https://www.change.org/p/mas-help-bring-back-malaysian-voters-jombalikundi-petition-to-malaysia-airlines-mas-to-reduce-flight-fares-waive-re-booking-and-re-routing-fee-for-14th-general-election-ge-14
We hope that MAS and other airlines will consider this appeal urgently as GE14 will be taking place soon.
#BringBackMalaysianVoters #JomBalikUndi
Issued by:
BERSIH 2.0 Steering Committee