KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) together with its sister companies under the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) pledged to contribute RM1 from its ticket sales to support relief and recovery efforts for those affected by bushfires in Australia.
MAS said it will contribute RM1 from ticket sales of each passenger flown by the airline for the month of January 2020.
“The airline is also working with the National Disaster Relief Management Agency (NADMA) Malaysia to fly in volunteers if required by the Australian government,” it said.
MAG group chief executive officer Captain Izham Ismail said he is concerned on the escalating bush fire that has ravaged many parts of Australia, forcing several areas to be declared state of emergency.
“Malaysia Airlines is a global company that operates in 20 countries around the world. Australia has always been close to our hearts, having had one of our earliest cadet pilot and engineer training there.
“The Australian government has also provided us various forms of assistance during our time of difficulty.
“Our employees in Australia and their families are saddened by the situation and our other employees globally who share their sorrow, have been asking how they can help to ease the situation,” Izham said.
He said due to the severity of the situation, MAS have decided to make a monetary contribution in addition to supporting NADMA in their aid on behalf of the country.
“It has been reported that the fires have generated violent weather, which can influence regional and global climate.
We are committed to not just limit our assistance in the form of monetary, but we have also initiated discussions with various organisations that can offer skills and expertise in the recovery of the ecosystems,” he said.
MAS said the airline has been in touch with the Australian High Commission in Malaysia to channel the proceeds towards wildlife protection, the firefighter benevolent fund and Red Cross, the major organisation managing the affected people.
“We pray that the situation can be contained very soon. We sincerely hope that our contribution will help ease some of the burden of the Australian people. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and the families of those who perished in the fires,” added Izham.
Malaysia Airlines flies to five cities in Australia (Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth) and operates 53 flights a week to the country.
Source : New Straits Times