Published: Wednesday October 10, 2012 MYT 5:09:00 PM
Opposition questions reliability of Lion Mentari Air in Malindo deal
By YVONNE LIM
KUALA LUMPUR: The opposition has questioned the reliability of Lion Mentari Air, claiming that the Indonesian Airline, which was recently acquired as a partner to set up low-cost airline Malindo Airways, has been banned in the European Union (EU) for failure to comply with safety requirements.
DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua told reporters in Parliament that Lion Mentari Air, which runs under its parent company PT Lion Group, has been blacklisted from flying into the EU and is on a list of globally banned airlines which can be found on the European Commission website (http://ec.europa.eu).
Malindo Airways which was set up in partnership with National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI) and PT Lion Group was launched recently by the Prime Minister, and is expected to begin operations in May 2013 with its base in KLIA 2.
Pua also raised concerns over reports that several Lion Air pilots were caught late last year and early this year for drug misuse.
"There is genuine concern over the financial integrity and credibility of a company which has failed to submit audited accounts over the past five years, as well as the operational credibility of Lion Air in ensuring its passengers' safety," he said.
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