SEPANG: The Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) can still operate independently for at least another six months before its consolidation with the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said on Dec 12.

It will take a few months for the government to repeal and amend some laws, discuss the structure and how to transfer Mavcom’s role to CAAM,” he noted.

“Mavcom will still operate as usual until we repeal the Malaysian Aviation Commission Act 2015 in Parliament and until I sign off that Mavcom is officially off.

“Over the next few months, the staff will be going to office, we will pay them their salary as usual,” he said, adding that the welfare of Mavcom’s 59 staff would be well taken care of.

Speaking to the media after the launch of the GTR Air Cargo Hub here, Loke said the consolidation exercise would make Malaysia’s regulatory body more efficient and reduce red tape.

“Right now we have two regulators. If airlines, air cargo companies or ground handling companies want to get a licence to operate, they need to get approval from CAAM and then they have to go to Mavcom for another approval.

“So we think that this is another layer of bureaucracy that we want to cut down and we want to transform and empower CAAM,” he said.

Asked to comment on Mavcom executive chairman Dr Nungsari Ahmad Radhi’s disappointment over the government’s decision on the consolidation, Loke said he was surprised by Nungsari’s reaction.

“That is a decision by the Cabinet and I am surprised that he was upset. After getting the approval from the Cabinet, I directed my secretary-general to inform Mavcom and to form a small committee or a task force to look into various issues in terms of the merger, such as welfare and job positions, and that will take at least a few months of discussions.

“So it’s not as if we are not in discussion with Mavcom,” he said.

Mavcom is an independent body set up on March 1, 2016, under the Malaysian Aviation Commission Act 2015 to regulate economic and commercial matters related to civil aviation.

The commission’s goal is to promote a commercially viable, consumer-oriented and resilient aviation industry which supports the nation’s economic growth. – Bernama

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