Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What CEOs wish for

02 January 2009

Leading names in corporate Malaysia share their hopes and aspirations for 2010.

Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes
AirAsia Bhd group CEO/team principal of Malaysia Team Lotus F1

I HOPE the airport industry will be deregulated this year to allow the entry of more entrepreneurs and foreign investors as has been done in the power, banking, telecoms, ports and road sectors. This will create a dynamic industry that has lower costs and will make Malaysia even more competitive regionally.

Industries in which government-linked companies and entrepreneurs compete should have fair and effective regulators like Bank Negara.

This year, I also hope that AirAsia really gets to make Malaysia the hub that drives more passengers from all points. There are many routes which we hope to fly to in 2010 and all routes that we have flown to we normally grow the market. There has not been a single route which were entered where the market has not grown. I hope to see all Malaysians get behind F1. It would be great to see a sell-out crowd in Sepang.

I wish that Asean leaders will really move from a political institution to a more economic and cultural institution because Asean is a huge economic force. It has mostly focused on politics but a shift is needed to turn its attention to the business side.

I promise to fly all Sikhs to Amritsar in 2010. We want to launch the flight and reunite the Sikhs in Asean and take them to the Golden Temple. That’s my promise.

Compiled by Yap Leng Kuen, Anita Gabriel and B.K.Sidhu

The Star

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