So bottom line:
international flights see a reduction of free baggage allowance on economy class to 20kg, depending on fares. I think most airlines do this now, I recall SQ also offers something similar - please correct me if I am wrong.
domestic flights see the elimination of free baggage allowance for the cheapest fare. If it is a day or overnight trip, I think I would not mind this since I would not be checking in any baggage. But it affects those who are on longer trips/holidays, hence advanced planning might be required what fare to purchase or if additional baggage allowance might be needed
for domestic lite fare, it seems those with elite status have no added advantage with additional baggage allowance, except for priority boarding.
Summary, MH is moving ahead with what many Europeans and American carriers are doing.
Next - meals/drinks to be purchased for domestic flights?
MH updated the baggage allowance here for elite status:
So for Lite fare, elite status customers are still entitled to check in luggage it seems:
5kg free check in baggage allowance? seriously? It is a bit of a joke, right.
For MH, domestic flights on the peninsula are about 1½ hours, max. Food and drink is not considered a necessity. So pax are more likely to skip food and drink if they are asked to pay extra. For flights to East Malaysia, there is a greater need. So if MAB charges for them, it might be another revenue stream...
True. I don't even take the peanuts and orange juice offered for domestic flights in Peninsular. But I would appreciate a meal for flights to East Malaysia, and I would always order a meal whenever I take AK flights to East Malaysia, especially if the flights are early morning or around meal times.