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1 hour ago, Craig said:

I think there are very competent local marketing agencies here in Malaysia. It's just odd that both MH and Tourism Malaysia/Sabah can't handle social media marketing at all. They have never changed the orangutan/proboscis monkey picture since 1990s? It's still grainy and very 90s color.

And IIRC, KK had more weekly flights to Korea than KL pre-Covid. But they come in groups with everything in Korean (tour guide, restaurants etc.)

Western/European tourists visit the islands too plus Sandakan/Kinabatangan. Malaysians (especially urbanites) aren't really that much into seeing animals in the wild.They very much prefer a Singapore Zoo experience. 

You'd be shock that the tourism agency actually looked for amateur photographers and paid them below market value or 0 pay to do some coverage for Lok Kawi wildlife park and Sepilok. That's how broke the budget is. How i know well my ex schoolmates were complaining about them not getting any pay to do photography on behalf of Sabah Tourism. Engaging proper studio also no budget hiring local amateur also no budget lol. Now how are they gonna pay for daily tv slots ads in NHK, or ESPN if they cant even pay for photography session to update the place. 

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On 1/7/2023 at 12:07 AM, Kee Hooi Yen said:

I was having conversation with a total stranger (a Japanese) in an onsen in Japan two days ago. Using his limited English, he seems like he knows very little about Malaysia. He was very surprised to learn I was originally from Malaysia as he thought Malaysia is a Muslim country. Interestingly the first city name came out from his mouth was Kota Kinabalu !

Perhaps he (or Japanese in general) know something more about Penang than Malaysia as well. 

My opinion is that perhaps tourism industry players including airlines can emphasise more on individual regions, rather than Malaysia as a whole, be cause it seems that outsiders in general are more familiar with certain places than others, despite all located within the same country. 

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21 hours ago, jahur said:

You'd be shock that the tourism agency actually looked for amateur photographers and paid them below market value or 0 pay to do some coverage for Lok Kawi wildlife park and Sepilok. That's how broke the budget is. How i know well my ex schoolmates were complaining about them not getting any pay to do photography on behalf of Sabah Tourism. Engaging proper studio also no budget hiring local amateur also no budget lol. Now how are they gonna pay for daily tv slots ads in NHK, or ESPN if they cant even pay for photography session to update the place. 

Lok Kawi isn't exactly the jewel of Sabah. They probably had good intentions with the park but from what I read and hear is that it's not well maintained and the animals look kinda depressed in there. Sepilok and Semenggoh on the other hand are great. Kinabatangan is also another shining star (but the oil palm plantations are way too close to the forest reserve). But I also understand that there are more serious issues to deal with in Sabah and animals aren't the top of their list. Hardcore poverty especially in the East Coast is a huge problem.

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5 hours ago, Craig said:

Lok Kawi isn't exactly the jewel of Sabah. They probably had good intentions with the park but from what I read and hear is that it's not well maintained and the animals look kinda depressed in there. Sepilok and Semenggoh on the other hand are great. Kinabatangan is also another shining star (but the oil palm plantations are way too close to the forest reserve). But I also understand that there are more serious issues to deal with in Sabah and animals aren't the top of their list. Hardcore poverty especially in the East Coast is a huge problem.

Yes cause everything is underfunded. Even the sepilok jungle walk project which was announced in 2003 got halted several times awaiting funding from federal only finishing up in 2022 lol. Lok Kawi is not well taken care off in the same regard. Even the current crocodile issue in east coast, Jabatan lack staff to monitor and also lack funds to provide bounty compensation to local hunters. Catching wild crocodile without permit is an offense. 

In the case of Sabah Tourism the budget allocate is just enough to cover staffs salary and some lackluster marketing of 2-3 countries. Sometimes staffs have to fork out own money to do some things. So yea pretty understandable they cant even pay photographers adequately with most of the promotion using old circa photos as much as they could.

Like MH we like to buy grand stuff and then act like it will last for an eternity. Only to get dumbfounded when neighbours have modernized and replaced with the correct stuff unlike ours always bounded by "national agenda". 

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15 minutes ago, jahur said:

Like MH we like to buy grand stuff and then act like it will last for an eternity. Only to get dumbfounded when neighbours have modernized and replaced with the correct stuff unlike ours always bounded by "national agenda". 

Oddly enough, I don't think MH's new safety video is cheap. They seem to have money splurging on it with all the cameos and choreography (unless those cameos are doing it pro bono). Could have made a tourism one like SQ instead of a cringe dance video like AA. The one benefit of refurbished 737s is that you don't have to sit through the safety video 😌

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15 minutes ago, Craig said:

Oddly enough, I don't think MH's new safety video is cheap. They seem to have money splurging on it with all the cameos and choreography (unless those cameos are doing it pro bono). Could have made a tourism one like SQ instead of a cringe dance video like AA. The one benefit of refurbished 737s is that you don't have to sit through the safety video 😌

I thought the same initially but i found out the ife video was apparently pro bono by some multimedia third party company as a testbed project. Not my cup of tea but again seems to appeal the tiktok crowd with very low attention span. Probably the same crowd eye ogling any attempts of weight saving and lower carbon emissions boeing airbus promotes. 😂

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40 minutes ago, Craig said:

Oddly enough, I don't think MH's new safety video is cheap. They seem to have money splurging on it with all the cameos and choreography (unless those cameos are doing it pro bono). Could have made a tourism one like SQ instead of a cringe dance video like AA. The one benefit of refurbished 737s is that you don't have to sit through the safety video 😌

haha that's a good point. The 'new' video drives me insane

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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 11): The government remains committed to brand Malaysia as a top destination for tourism, with the Visit Malaysia 2020 (VMY2020) campaign targeting to achieve 30 million tourist arrivals.

To support efforts in making VMY2020 a success, the government said it will continue to allocate 50% of tourism tax to the respective state governments.

The government is also allocating RM1.1 billion to the ministry of tourism, arts and culture, including an allocation of RM960 million to drive awareness, promotions and programmes of the VMY2020 campaign.

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/govt-sets-aside-rm11b-tourism-ministry-drive-visit-malaysia-2020-campaign

 

The government today proposed an allocation of RM2 billion in 2018 Budget as tourism fund to provide loans for operators next year.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the fund to assist the small and medium-scale enterprises would provide loans at subsidised interest rate of two per cent.

“Of the amount, RM1 billion will be allocated for Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund as soft loans,” he said.

Najib said RM500 million would be used for development and promotion activities through improved tourism facilities, homestay and eco-tourism programmes.

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2017/10/295750/2018-budget-rm2b-improve-tourism-industry

 

Mean substantial amount of federal funding was siphoned off.

 

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On a MH FB group poster has commented that MH132 (AKL-KUL) is delayed almost every single time and based on their experience no reason is given. 

Looking at the data in FR24 it seems that the arrival time of the inbound flight (MH133) is also delayed it doesn’t explain why further delays occur departing from AKL. Does anyone know why this route is so tardy? 

DATE

FROM

TO

AIRCRAFT

FLIGHT TIME

STD

ATD

STA

STATUS

18-Jan-23

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTY)

10:13

1:10 AM

2:54 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:07 AM

17-Jan-23

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A333 (9M-MTM)

10:20

1:10 AM

3:17 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:37 AM

15-Jan-23

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTY)

10:43

1:10 AM

2:28 PM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:11 PM

13-Jan-23

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTY)

10:27

1:10 AM

2:58 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:26 AM

11-Jan-23

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTY)

10:33

1:10 AM

3:06 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:39 AM

10-Jan-23

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTY)

10:30

1:10 AM

2:24 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 7:55 AM

8-Jan-23

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTU)

10:53

1:10 AM

2:37 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:31 AM

6-Jan-23

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTY)

10:42

1:10 AM

2:21 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:03 AM

4-Jan-23

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTU)

10:15

1:10 AM

3:24 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:39 AM

3-Jan-23

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTY)

11:02

1:10 AM

4:12 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 10:13 AM

1-Jan-23

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A333 (9M-MTB)

10:24

1:10 AM

2:50 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:14 AM

30-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTY)

10:22

1:10 AM

4:00 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 9:22 AM

28-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTZ)

10:07

1:10 AM

4:12 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 9:19 AM

27-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A359 (9M-MAE)

9:45

1:10 AM

3:34 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:20 AM

25-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTZ)

10:38

1:10 AM

3:38 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 9:16 AM

23-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTZ)

10:38

1:10 AM

1:05 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 6:43 AM

21-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTU)

10:31

1:10 AM

3:46 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 9:17 AM

20-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A359 (9M-MAB)

10:31

1:10 AM

3:05 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:36 AM

18-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Brisbane (BNE) 

A333 (9M-MTH)

4:05 AM

3:34 AM

4:50 AM

Diverted to KUL

18-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A333 (9M-MTH)

1:10 AM

— 

7:20 AM

Unknown 

16-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTY)

11:01

1:10 AM

4:46 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 10:48 AM

14-Dec-22

Brisbane (BNE)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTV)

8:11

5:50 AM

8:03 AM

10:15 AM

Landed 2:14 PM

14-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTV)

1:10 AM

4:56 AM

7:20 AM

Diverted to BNE

13-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A359 (9M-MAF)

10:34

1:10 AM

3:31 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 9:05 AM

11-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTV)

10:34

1:10 AM

3:43 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 9:17 AM

9-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTW)

10:41

1:10 AM

2:49 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:30 AM

7-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTZ)

10:43

1:10 AM

3:20 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 9:03 AM

6-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A359 (9M-MAD)

10:41

1:10 AM

2:51 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:32 AM

4-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTW)

10:38

1:10 AM

3:56 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 9:33 AM

2-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A359 (9M-MAC)

11:06

1:10 AM

2:40 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:46 AM

1-Dec-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A333 (9M-MTB)

11:30

2:41 PM

3:06 AM

9:36 AM

Landed 9:36 AM

29-Nov-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A359 (9M-MAF)

10:39

1:10 AM

2:17 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 7:56 AM

27-Nov-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTV)

10:34

1:10 AM

5:06 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 10:39 AM

26-Nov-22

Brisbane (BNE)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTZ)

7:45

11:38 AM

12:03 PM

5:54 PM

Landed 5:48 PM

25-Nov-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTZ)

1:10 AM

4:07 AM

7:20 AM

Diverted to BNE

24-Nov-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A359 (9M-MAD)

10:40

12:00 PM

1:15 AM

6:55 AM

Landed 6:55 AM

22-Nov-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A359 (9M-MAB)

11:00

1:10 AM

2:35 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:35 AM

20-Nov-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTY)

10:48

1:10 AM

2:58 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:46 AM

18-Nov-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A359 (9M-MAG)

10:36

1:10 AM

3:13 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:49 AM

17-Nov-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A359 (9M-MAB)

10:49

12:06 PM

1:13 AM

7:01 AM

Landed 7:01 AM

15-Nov-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A359 (9M-MAB)

10:29

1:10 AM

2:31 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:00 AM

13-Nov-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTZ)

10:38

1:10 AM

2:49 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:27 AM

11-Nov-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A359 (9M-MAB)

10:30

1:10 AM

2:53 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:23 AM

10-Nov-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A359 (9M-MAC)

10:46

12:00 PM

1:09 AM

6:55 AM

Landed 6:55 AM

8-Nov-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A359 (9M-MAF)

10:36

1:10 AM

2:04 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 7:40 AM

6-Nov-22

Auckland (AKL)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 

A332 (9M-MTZ)

11:12

1:10 AM

1:59 AM

7:20 AM

Landed 8:11 AM

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5 hours ago, Robert said:

On a MH FB group poster has commented that MH132 (AKL-KUL) is delayed almost every single time and based on their experience no reason is given. 

Looking at the data in FR24 it seems that the arrival time of the inbound flight (MH133) is also delayed it doesn’t explain why further delays occur departing from AKL. Does anyone know why this route is so tardy? 

Insider's comment: MH does not have enough manpower for ground crew and suffers from severe lack of equipment at the moment. The turnaround time for most MH flight now are just impossible for the limited crew, especially in KUL. A lot of experienced MH ground crew have been poached by ME3, and SQ recently. Good grief when there is any major festival period. CNY and Raya are coming.......

(PS: The actual story is longer and more detailed, but I am not in privy to talk much in public space) 

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4 minutes ago, JuliusWong said:

Insider's comment: MH does not have enough manpower for ground crew and suffers from severe lack of equipment at the moment. The turnaround time for most MH flight now are just impossible for the limited crew, especially in KUL. A lot of experienced MH ground crew have been poached by ME3, and SQ recently. Good grief when there is any major festival period. CNY and Raya are coming.......

(PS: The actual story is longer and more detailed, but I am not in privy to talk much in public space) 

Ground crew or Cabin crew/Engineers? Never heard of ME3 and SQ poaching for ground handlers/passenger handling staff. 

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4 minutes ago, Pall said:

Ground crew or Cabin crew/Engineers? Never heard of ME3 and SQ poaching for ground handlers/passenger handling staff. 

Cabin crew and engineers. Amended my post.

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1 hour ago, JuliusWong said:

Cabin crew and engineers. Amended my post.

Sounds about right this one.

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1 hour ago, JuliusWong said:

Insider's comment: MH does not have enough manpower for ground crew and suffers from severe lack of equipment at the moment. The turnaround time for most MH flight now are just impossible for the limited crew, especially in KUL. A lot of experienced MH ground crew have been poached by ME3, and SQ recently. Good grief when there is any major festival period. CNY and Raya are coming.......

(PS: The actual story is longer and more detailed, but I am not in privy to talk much in public space) 

Thanks for the reply. Do MH use their own staff in AKL or is it a ground agent. It seems that the turn around times are a few hours or more. 
As a regular (weekly) traveller on MH I feel the system creaking with more delays and planes getting turned around quickly. My regular run in KL-Singapore and the closure of Changi's 02c/20c is also causing delays owing to long taxi time to 02R/20L which compounds the issue further.

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10 minutes ago, jahur said:

New info from initial 2 frames, we may see 6-8 frames being brought forward.

Does that mean that they are willing to accept the China NTUs?

 

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19 minutes ago, flee said:

Does that mean that they are willing to accept the China NTUs?

 

Not sure most know these frames to be from ALC. Another being shown was 2 a330-9neo being primed for Q4 2023.

Group CEO disclosing at least 10-12 new aircrafts will be delivered in the end of 2023 with large chunk belonging to the 737-8.

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31 minutes ago, jahur said:

Not sure most know these frames to be from ALC. Another being shown was 2 a330-9neo being primed for Q4 2023.

Group CEO disclosing at least 10-12 new aircrafts will be delivered in the end of 2023 with large chunk belonging to the 737-8.

Yes, their widebodies are working very hard - even the A350s are pressed on to Japan/Australia/NZ routes. They are really short of widebodies and this kind of poor fleet planning needs to stop. It seems like they always look at aircraft purchases when an emergency happens because those higher up do not deal with non emergency situations!

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On 1/18/2023 at 5:23 PM, Robert said:

Thanks for the reply. Do MH use their own staff in AKL or is it a ground agent. It seems that the turn around times are a few hours or more. 
As a regular (weekly) traveller on MH I feel the system creaking with more delays and planes getting turned around quickly. My regular run in KL-Singapore and the closure of Changi's 02c/20c is also causing delays owing to long taxi time to 02R/20L which compounds the issue further.

AKL ground handling is outsourced. I forgot the name. Yes, the MH current timetable is cracking at its seam, insufficient aircraft, insufficient crew, both ground and air), insufficient engineers. I don't think the management gives two hoots about it. Everyone is staying put just because they have family at home and to put food on the table. I don't expect the current staff (minus the management) who bear the brunt of the passengers/ clients daily, will walk the extra mile for the company and I totally understand this since it is a shithole company to work in.

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10 minutes ago, JuliusWong said:

Yes, the MH current timetable is cracking at its seam, insufficient aircraft, insufficient crew, both ground and air), insufficient engineers. I don't think the management gives two hoots about it. Everyone is staying put just because they have family at home and to put food on the table. I don't expect the current staff (minus the management) who bear the brunt of the passengers/ clients daily, will walk the extra mile for the company and I totally understand this since it is a shithole company to work in.

I just wonder how this will impact safety - if the morale of the whole company is poor, there is a good possibility that safety will be compromised. Lets pray that we don't have another disaster like what MH experienced in 2014.

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2 hours ago, JuliusWong said:

I don't expect the current staff (minus the management) who bear the brunt of the passengers/ clients daily, will walk the extra mile for the company and I totally understand this since it is a shithole company to work in.

Pretty much the same on Redcap and OD. Working in the airline industry in Msia, you're either underpaid for the work you did than neighboring peers in Asean, undervalued, not protected, forced to penny count for the company. Then imagine someone from Gulf comes and flashes you rm100-150k to exit your debt bond and monthly non taxable salary in USD, nearly half who are approached would gradually jump. Then the local airlines in msia have to forkout large last min sums to do type rating for the freshies. 

Its the same sentiment for the office private business segment with inflation up but salaries and balance life/work not catching up. Client/Customers well being not thought off and hospitality % is degrading. 

Only minor leeway we see is Myairline but we'll see how long they can water down. 

The Gov after undergoing 4 changes in the meantime is parroting the same autopilot phrase instead of solving the issue hands on.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/01/20/airlines-urged-to-focus-on-operations-to-avoid-delays

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