Malaysia elections: AirAsia's Fernandes denies airline flew foreigners in to vote

PETALING JAYA - AirAsia group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes has denied that his airline has been flying in foreigners to vote, saying that he had personally checked flight manifests.

He sent out a tweet on his @tonyfernandes Twitter account that 478 passengers on the four chartered AirAsia flights from Johor Bahru to Kuala Lumpur were all Malaysian citizens voting in Sabah.

"Every person who came on the flight was a Malaysian, mostly Sabahans living in JB. My staff said mostly families.

"From visible check as well all were Malaysians. I repeat, 478 all Malaysians. No foreigners. No naturalised foreigners," he said.

He said AirAsia and AirAsia X had reduced flight fares and increased the number of flights to enable more voters to return to their hometowns.

"No one has helped the democratic process more than us.

"No one wants free-er or fairer elections. Country will only progress with democracy," he tweeted.

In reply to a suggestion by Twitter user @esKahn to allow official representatives from Bersih 2.0 and Pakatan Rakyat to check his claims, Fernandes assured that it would not be an issue, and invited Bersih 2.0 co-chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan to perform the check herself.

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