15 December 2011
James Dean: Our air traffic controllers are not among the best in this region. Even when controlling two runways as in KLIA now, they are not able to utilise them to their full potential as they are not able to handle the complex environment the two runways present.
Utilising only one dedicated runway for landings and one for takeoffs at any one time only defeats the purpose of having dual runways, when most large international airports in this region utilise both of their runways for takeoffs and landings simultaneously as this will increase the traffic flow greatly.
Of course, this can only be done if all the air traffic controllers are highly proficient. The third runway is unnecessary and is potentially hazardous to air traffic given the level of proficiency of our controllers in KLIA.
FellowMalaysian: What is this – a second control tower costing RM500 million, a third runway costing RM270 million and earthwork (alone!) costing RM1.2 billion?
This doesn't make shrewd engineering sense. More like corrupt practices.
Docs: The reason for klia2 being built on soft soil is because the building will start to sink and crack after some time and a lucky Umnoputra company will be awarded the contract to do the repair job.
And as for the reason for the cracks, Umno will blame Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua for buying more planes and increasing the human load at klia2, thus adding weight to the airport, thus causing the structure to sink.
Jesse: The higher the cost, the more that can be creamed off. It's a simple calculation for the powers-that-be.
It's the same as buying submarines that cannot dive. Pay more for other services and repairs. Where to find such smart business people except in Bolehland. The country is being sucked dry everyday.
Jimmy Ng: Again, we see a ‘tidak apa' attitude and an exhibition of gross incompetence from the MAHB (Malaysian Airports Holdings Berhad), which has been tasked with the monopolistic duty of the klia2 construction. Or could there be another overriding reason perhaps?
Ksn: Good question, YB Tony. But to go back a little, why was klia2 necessary at all? Why was Subang Airport or the Sungai Besi Airport not utilised for low-cost carriers?
How economical and convenient for the passengers and the airlines and the country that would have been?
KLIA should have been used only for international flights and foreign airlines and let it be there, after having been built as a monument to an ex-PM's extravagance at the expense of public funds to satisfy his ego – the tallest that, the biggest this, the longest that, that sort of idiocies.
Oscar Kilo: I wouldn't mind if Umno was spending its own money, but it is spending my tax money and my EPF (Employees Provident Fund) savings. Of course, I'm livid.
On top of that, all these ‘dungus' in power make nonsensical decisions involving public funds, and all without consulting us.
Pemerhati: Remember how former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad loved to bulldoze through his mega-projects. The terms and conditions of these opaque and negotiated contracts were kept secret by draconian laws.
Mahathir's obvious reasoning and logic behind those multibillion ringgit projects was that the more he spent, the larger the kickbacks he got. It was much more convenient to steal from one big source than to steal from several small projects.
Hence nowadays it is not surprising to read in the papers that one of his sons has already joined the billionaire's club. His numerous other children may not be far behind.
Those Umnoputras and their cronies in control of the public funds are now following the same strategy. If they were to build an airport at a much lower cost, the amount of the people's money they can steal would be very much less.
Now which thief worthy of his name would want to steal less than what he can steal?
Longjaafar: Could it be that Tony Pua is getting all the information from the other Tony?
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