In order to deter airline exploitation, Deputy Minister of Transportation Hasbi Habibollah said, the government would not place any ceiling price on domestic flights from Malaysia to Sabah and Sarawak.
According to him, a study carried out by the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) found that, on foreign or domestic routes, most civil aviation authorities in other countries did not control the price of airline tickets.
"For countries that impose price control over flight tickets such as in Indonesia, it has had negative implications such as an increase in the average price of tickets.
"In this situation, airlines are found to have taken advantage of the ceiling price set by the government for the purpose of maximising profits even during non-peak periods," he said during a question-and-answer session in the Dewan Negara sitting.
He answered Senator Dr Nuing Jeluing 's question, who wanted to know if the government would set a flight ticket price ceiling for the sake of national unity.
Hasbi added that the government instructed Mavcom to monitor constantly airline charges and to hold airline interaction sessions to ensure competitiveness.
He also said the price of flight tickets is expected to return to normal to the average price in 2019 by November.
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