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Whatever form new aviation regulator takes, independence is key, says Mavcom

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AT a time when the fate of the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) hangs in the balance, its executive chairman Dr Nungsari Ahmad Radhi is urging the government to keep the new aviation regulatory body — whatever form it may take — independent.

“This talk about merger and so on is not an important issue. The form is less important than the substance, which is the independence to perform our regulatory role. Whether merged with the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) or not, [these] are just forms. The substance is the independence to perform our role,” he tells The Edge in an interview.

Talk that Mavcom would be merged with its technical counterpart CAAM, an agency under the Ministry of Transport (MoT), has been making the rounds since Pakatan Harapan formed the government in May last year. Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook had dismissed such talk as rumours in March, but he recently told a closed-door investors’ forum that the government is mulling a restructuring of the existing regulatory bodies in the aviation sector.

His remarks come amid the MoT’s legal quandary on imposing changes in passenger service charges (PSC) this month. Only Mavcom is currently mandated to do so under the law.

See: https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/cover-story-whatever-form-new-aviation-regulator-takes-independence-key-says-mavcom

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