Maggots, rats and now bees at KLIA2?


Image from Twitter


By John Isaac

First we had maggots, then rats and now bees!

Tan Sri Tony Fernandes today hit out at Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) for what appears to be a bee infestation after a beehive was spotted on the window of a platform at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2).

"Now we have bees in KLIA2. We got maggots, rats and now bees. Maybe a zoo or KLIA 2 honey?

"Could be new income which could reduce airport tax.

"Jokes aside, this is dangerous for my passengers and my staff. Will the non-communicative new CEO solve this?" the AirAsia Group Bhd’s chief executive officer tweeted on Monday night.

The post by Fernandes follows complains on social media by an AirAsia employee about the poor hygiene standards which came with the picture of a rubbish bin filled with maggots.

According to reports in The Star, there were also complaints about rat infestation at the airport after a video of a rat in a passenger lounge went viral on social media.

AirAsia and MAHB have been locked in a legal battle over the passenger service charge (PSC) at KLIA2 after the airline refused to collect the full amount of the RM73 that the airport operator imposed earlier this year.

Instead, AirAsia has been collecting the RM50 per pax that was the rate prior to the increase, as a way of objecting to the standardisation of the tax at both the KLIA and klia2.

AirAsia insisted that it was unfair to charge the same fee when one airport, KLIA, was vastly better equipped than the other.

The Finance Ministry recently announced the appointment of Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin as MAHB's group chief executive officer for three years.