Malindo Air: MIC versus UMNO Youth?



Malindo Air is an airline based in Malaysia headquartered in Petaling Jaya. It is a joint venture between National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI) (51%) of Malaysia and Lion Air of Indonensia (49%). The name Malindo is derived from the names of respective countries.


In November 2016, Malindo Air was named winner of the CAPA 2016 Asia Pacific Regional Airline of the Year award.

6 August 2017

Vell Paari disappointed with those questioning Malindo Air ownership

PETALING JAYA: MIC has come to the defence of Malindo Air over the issue of its ownership and airport tax arrears.

Datuk Seri S. Vell Paari expressed disappointment that the ownership of the airline was being questioned along racial lines.

“What is wrong with a Malaysian Indian owning a 46% share in Malindo Air?

“The Prime Minister is working very hard to bring all the communities together. Let’s support him rather than trying to sabotage his efforts,” said the party treasurer-general in a statement.

Malindo Air chief executive officer Chandran Rama Muthy and his wife are the major shareholders, owning 46% of its shares.

There were also questions raised on the shares owned by Lion Group founder Rusdi Kirana.

Vell Paari urged his colleagues in Barisan Nasional, those holding posts in civil service and non-governmental organisations not to dwell on racial issues.

4 August 2017


(Update) Umno Youth wants immediate ‘correction’, demands for Malindo Air to operate from klia2 – New Straits…



Nadi cuts stake in Malindo Air, CEO now a major shareholder

KUALA LUMPUR: National Aerospace and Defence Industries (Nadi) has reduced its stake in Malindo Airways Sdn Bhd, and its CEO Chandran Rama Muthy has emerged as a major shareholder in the joint venture with Rusdi Kirana’s Lion Group.

Companies Commission Malaysia (SSM) reports sighted by SunBiz revealed that Chandran and his wife, Kalpana Devasagayam, now own a 46% stake in Malindo Air’s operating company Malindo Airways, through Sky One Investors Sdn Bhd.

Chandran and wife own equal portions in Sky One. Former majority shareholder Nadi now holds only a 5% stake, while the remainder is owned by Indonesian group PT Lion Group.

It is not known when changes in the shareholding of Malindo Airways were effected. SunBiz’s attempts to get comments on the issue from Chandran were unsuccessful.

Nadi previously held a 50.99% stake in the self-proclaimed hybrid airline, while its president Tan Sri Ahmad Johan held one share. It is not known why Nadi reduced its stake in the joint venture which was announced with much fanfare in 2012, witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.

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Why the fuss over ownership of Malindo?

August 4, 2017

Ex-MAS CEO Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman says it is allright as long as the airline is owned by a Malaysian.

 PETALING JAYA: A former airline bigwig has questioned the fuss over the 46% stake in Malindo Air now held by chief executive officer Chandran Rama Murthy and his wife.

Ex-Malaysia Airlines chief executive officer Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman, when asked to comment on Umno Youth and Perkasa questioning the ownership said:

“He is Malaysian. That is all that matters.

“Why are they making a fuss? As far as government policy is concerned, as long as it is Malaysian-owned, it does not matter whether he is Malay, Chinese or Indian.

“He is Malaysian, right? Then there is no issue,” he said when contacted.

Umno Youth and Perkasa are questioning the ownership of Malindo Air, seeking an explanation over the couple’s acquisition of the 46% stake in the company.

Umno Youth assistant secretary Mohamad Sahfri Ab Aziz reportedly said this was not what was stated in the initial agreement when the airline first started.

According to previous reports, Chandran became a majority shareholder in the airline after Bumiputera company National Aerospace and Defence Industries (Nadi) drastically reduced its stake in Malindo from 50% to 5%.

Malindo began as a joint venture between Nadi and Indonesia’s Lion Group.

3 August 2017


(Update) Budget carriers, Malindo included, should operate from klia2: Second Finance Minister


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) should consider relocating budget airliner Malindo Air to Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) to help ease congestion at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

MAHB should also initiate collection of outstanding passenger service charges from airlines including Malindo.

Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani said MAHB should insist budget carriers operate at klia2.

He said this was the most immediate step to help ease the worsening congestion at KLIA.

He said the longer-term solution was to expand KLIA but this would take time.

Meanwhile, Umno Youth has called for immediate action to move the operations of budget airliner Malindo Air back to Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2).

Its deputy chief, Senator Khairul Azwan Harun, said having the airline operate in klia2 would be in the best interest of national carrier Malaysia Airlines, which operates from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

“We want an immediate correction to be made to ensure that Malindo Air operations are allowed only at klia2 as Malindo Air is a low-cost carrier.

“In the best interest of Malaysia Airlines, we want Malindo Air not to operate from KLIA’s main terminal.”




“In the best interest of which operates as a national carrier, we want not to compete at the KLIA Main Terminal” –



23 March 2015



Malindo Air today urged all customers booked on its flights and future passengers to ignore rumours that the airline is being forced to shut down operations.

In a statement today, it said: “All customers can anticipate a pleasant journey with Malindo Air on their respective booked as well as future flights.”

“Malindo Air wish to inform the public to be cautious of false news regarding Malindo’s operability that has been circulating on chat messaging service Whatsapp.

“The public is urged to ignore and not participate in this rumour mill that may affect the livelihood of our 1,800-strong workforce, their families as well as our passengers’ planned journeys.

“As per procedures in an airline license renewal upon two years of operation, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) conducted a full audit of our company last month.

“In that regard, measures have been implemented on certain issues to further improve our operations.

“We would like to reiterate that as a fully licensed commercial airliner, our company wholly observes and abides by all DCA’s stringent rules and regulations.

“Operational standards especially those concerning civilian safety would not be compromised nor taken lightly under any circumstances.”


Malindo cautions public over false news

Monday, 23 March 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: Malindo Air has cautioned the public over false news regarding Malindo’s operability that has been circulating on chat messaging service Whatsapp.

The hybrid airline had on Monday urged the public to ignore and not participate in this rumour mill that may affect the livelihood of its 1,800-strong workforce, their families as well as its passengers’ planned journeys.

Malindo said as per procedures in an airline license renewal upon two years of operation, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) conducted a full audit of the company last month.

“In that regard, measures have been implemented on certain issues to further improve our operations.

“We would like to reiterate that as a fully licensed commercial airliner, our company wholly observes and abides by all DCA’s stringent rules and regulations. Operational standards especially those concerning civilian safety would not be compromised nor taken lightly under any circumstances.

THE ARGUMENT THAT WASN’T…but with so many air crashes, you can understand why passengers get nervous…

頻傳的空難引起乘客對飛安的憂慮;週四晚上,一架準備從檳城國際機場飛往梳邦的馬印廉價航空Malindo Air)客機OD1169,也發生機師在駕駛艙內激烈爭吵,而一度引起乘客的不滿而拒絕上機。最終在機師出面道歉及安撫乘客的情況下……



Saturday February 7, 2015 MYT 7:33:13 AM

Pilots arguing, so 20 get off plane

GEORGE TOWN: Some 20 passengers on a Malindo Air flight bound for Subang disembarked from the aircraft minutes before takeoff after hearing what they claimed was “a loud argument from the cockpit”.

A passenger said seven of them eventually decided not to continue with their flight from the Bayan Lepas International Airport while the rest went back on board after the pilot apologised.

The one-hour flight with the remaining 52 passengers finally departed at 10.30pm on Thursday after a 50-minute delay and landed safely in Subang.

However, a Facebook post of the incident, supposedly written by a friend of one of the passengers, had since gone viral.

Apologising for the delay and misunderstanding, Malindo public relations and communications director Raja Sa’adi Raja said the situation could have been misinterpreted.

“From both the voyage report of the flight and our understanding, the captain was instructing a third observer-trainee pilot in a stern manner as he and the co-pilot prepared for takeoff.

“However, upon hearing the loud instruction, a passenger decided to offload himself from the aircraft due to reasons unknown to us.

“About 18 others followed while most remained on the aircraft.

“Both the captain and co-pilot did as per standard procedures and explained the situation to the passengers.

“The pilots also apologised for the uncomfortable situation that could have been misunderstood by a handful of passengers,” he said, adding that the flight departed at 10.30pm with all but the few who decided to take other options.

Malindo Air makes emergency landing in Thailand CEO R. Chandran: oxygen masks were deployed

PETALING JAYA: Malindo Air has confirmed that Flight OD206, from New Delhi, India to Kuala Lumpur, was forced to make an emergency landing in Thailand early Monday morning due to a technical glitch.

In a statement, Malindo Air said the glitch was discovered by the operating crew who immediately carried out the emergency checklist and alerted the air traffic control towers before diverting the aircraft to Don Mueng International Airport.

Flight OD206, operated on Boeing 737-900ER, departed Indira Gandhi International Airport at 10.05pm, Sunday was carrying 121 passengers including three infants and eight crew member.

“The aircraft was supposed to have arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) at 5.25am this morning,” said the statement, adding that it had landed safely at 2.25am, Monday (in Bangkok).

“The passengers are being taken care of by Thai Lion Air and arrangements to put them on another flight to Kuala Lumpur at 3.45pm (4.45pm Malaysian time) are already under way,” it said.

Humor is Not an Option
Do not joke about having a bomb or firearm in your possession. Security personnel are trained to react when they hear these words. Penalties can be severe, and can include the possibility of time in prison and/or fines.



SUBANG JAYA: Malindo Air flight OD1158 bound to Penang was grounded even before it took off from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport today — all thanks to an ill-chosen word.

When ground staff attempted to check a bag being carried by one of the passengers, the man said: “Why is there a need to check? There’s no bomb in my bag.”

The word “bomb” sparked strict checks on the aircraft, passengers and luggage before the flight was eventually allowed to take off six hours later.

Petaling Jaya police chief Assistant Commissioner Azmi Abu Kassim said, after seating all the passengers, the cabin crew informed the pilot who in turn informed the control tower.

He said the pilot was duly ordered not to take off.

“The bomb disposal squad sealed off the runway and started searching for explosive devices. The aircraft was then towed to an isolated area,” he said, adding that it was then thoroughly searched.

Passengers were subjected to body searches and had to stand for more than an hour in the scorching sun on the tarmac before finally being let back into the terminal.

The search, which involved the bomb disposal squad and K9 unit, was called off at 7.15pm.





Lion Air plane crashes into sea in Bali | Malindo Air

Video: Lion Air Jet Crashes Into Sea in Bali; 45 Hurt

Luckily, all survived when the plane landed in the sea at Bali!

The World Post

Bali Plane Crash 2013: 22 Passengers Hurt After Lion Air Crashes Into Sea (PHOTOS)


BALI, Indonesia — All 108 passengers and crew survived after a new Lion Air jet crashed into the ocean and snapped into two while attempting to land Saturday on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, injuring up to 45 people.

The injured were taken to several different hospitals for treatment, but there appeared to be no serious injuries, said airport spokesman Alfasyah, who like many Indonesians uses only one name. There were three foreigners on board – two Singaporeans and a French national – all of whom suffered slight injuries.

TV footage showed police and rescuers using rubber boats to evacuate the 101 passengers and seven crew members. The Boeing 737 could be seen sitting in the shallow water with a large crack in its fuselage.

Officials initially said the plane overshot the runway before hitting the water, but a spokesman for Lion Air, a low-cost carrier, said at a news conference that the plane crashed about 50 meters (164 feet) ahead of the runway. The weather was cloudy with rain at the time of the incident.

“It apparently failed to reach the runway and fell into the sea,” said the spokesman, Edward Sirait.

Video: Malindo planes catches fire, returns safely

Malindo Air‘s engine burns out after 10 minutes take off. Alhamdulillah papa & everyone’s in the flight is fine.

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11:22AM Mar 26, 2014

Plane turns back due to engine fire

A Malindo Air flight was forced to turn back to the Subang airport after its engine caught fire this morning.

Among those on the plane was the Terengganu football team, which was on its way back after defeating the Armed Forces in a match last night.

Terengganu midfielder Faiz Subri posted a picture of the burning engine on his Facebook page.

In a statement, Malindo Air said the plane encountered an incident during climb at about 7,000 feet.

“The aircraft fire detection system was activated and immediately the operating crew carried out the emergency checklist as per the standard operating procedure to contain the situation.

“The captain decided to turn back to Subang and the aircraft landed safely in Subang without any further incident and no one was hurt. All the passengers were later transferred to another flight to Terengganu,” said the budget carrier.

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