AWUS: Review MASwings' desire to quit Sarawak routes
Last Update: 14/11/2018
KUCHING, Nov 15 (Bernama) – Airlines Workers' Union Sarawak (AWUS) has requested the federal and state government to review MASwings decision to stop services on two routes in Sarawak.
Its president Jagjiwah Singh said the aspiration of MASwings, a wholly-owned Malaysia Aviation Group, to stop the Kuching-Sibu and Kuching-Bintulu routes should be reviewed as they were very important to the people.
"Reducing the routes will impact on job opportunities Sarawak, and with a small work market, the staff involved may be placed elsewhere ... they will have to bear a high cost of living when working away from their families.
"AWUS sees the welfare of workers should be given weightage. The rising cost of living that highlights the importance of creating jobs in the state should be taken into account," he said in a statement here today.
According to him, for the record, only MASwings provided services to ferry patients from Sibu and Bintulu who were referred to specialist medical centres in Kuching.
In addition to MASwings, there are low-cost commercial flights serving the routes, but do not provide services that require "stretcher kits", namely, a special bed for the patient's use in the plane, he said.