Christmas is supposed to be about love, joy and spending time with your family. While for some, it’s the time of the year to grab all those Christmas promotions!
However, it’s a whole different case for those who live across the borders and seas of peninsular Malaysia, in the Land Below The Wind and the Land Of The Hornbills.
Departure : KUL, 25 Dec 2021
Arrival : Kuching VS London
Christmas di London jak kita 💀 pic.twitter.com/yDtjy89vr8
— ꦲꦱ꧀ꦫꦥ꦳꧀ (@aripfredo) November 23, 2021
Those who wish to go back to their hometown in Sabah and Sarawak during the December holidays must now deal with hiked up flight tickets. This has been an ongoing issue even before the pandemic hit, which made a particular netizen express his dissatisfaction through a tweet this week.
He posted a screenshot from Malaysia Airlines (MAS) website comparing flight tickets’ prices from Kuala Lumpur to London, and another one to Kuching, Sarawak. The ticket price to Kuching was priced at RM1499, while tickets to London was RM1469 (RM30 cheaper? Are you kidding us MAS?!) He sarcastically captioned the pictures with, “let’s just celebrate Christmas in London.”
Sarawakian singer-songwriter Alena Murang also posted her dissatisfaction towards the marked up ticket prices. She stated how it’s more affordable flying to Kota Kinabalu or Langkawi during the same period. Plus, she doesn’t understand why only the ticket prices to Sarawak are marked up. She pleaded on behalf of all Sarawakians, for airline companies to make the ticket prices affordable so Sarawakians can go back and celebrate Christmas with their families.
Following the tweet from Aboy (@aripfredo), MAS replied, saying that their prices are based on demand and availability. They also recommended him to “search on a different date combination to obtain (his) preferred fare.” To which another netizen asked sarcastically, “please advise on when we could actually fly back home to celebrate Christmas, in January or February perhaps?”
We understand the frustration of netizens over the ridiculously overpriced ticket fares because we would be as frustrated too if we are unable to make it back home to celebrate the holidays with our loved ones.
Were there times when you were unable to go back during the holidays because of the outrageous ticket fare?