Friday, July 10, 2015

AirAsia sues head of tourism board

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia Berhad has filed a suit against the newly appointed chairman of the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board for publishing "false and malicious" statements against the budget airline on his blog.
It said, Wee Choo Keong, who took over from Tan Sri Ng Yen Yen, failed to respond to the letter it sent demanding a retraction of the April posting.
In a statement, AirAsia said Wee has regularly published many false, misleading and disparaging statements on his blog,, including an article entitled "Why Liow and MAHB encouraged AirAsia to owe RM50 million PSC/Airport Tax?" on April 20.
It said Wee knowingly and intentionally published these statements that were defamatory and damaging.
AirAsia regional legal head Amir Faezal Zakaria said in the statement that the airline company has always operated its business professionally including its dealings with the regulators.
"The many misleading and defamatory statements published by Wee are intended to mislead the public and damage our reputation.
"We have filed the suit because our reputation has been damaged by this conduct in addition to our efforts to correct the disinformation published about AirAsia," he added.
He said that AirAsia has served Wee a writ of summons after he failed to respond to their solicitor's letter demanding a retraction.
Wee was elected as Kuala Lumpur Bandar (now Bukit Bintang) MP in 1990 but was removed from his seat after a court case. He was dismissed from DAP eight years later and formed the Malaysian Democratic Party.
He lost in the 2004 election. But after joining PKR in 2008, he won the Wangsa Maju seat that year.
Wee, who is a lawyer by profession, left PKR in 2010 and became a "BN-friendly independent".
The 61-year-old was appointed as the tourism board head by Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz on June 17.

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