Anyone who thought that the Malaysia Competition Commission (MCC) was just a toothless tiger has been forced to think again after it landed hard on the country’s two biggest airlines.
The commission’s decision to fine state-owned Malaysia Airlines and the budget giant AirAsia for anti-competitive behaviour shows it is one agency that takes its responsibilities seriously — perhaps even to the surprise of the government itself.
The airlines’ sin was killing off competition in the domestic marketplace via a pact they signed more than two years ago. The pact has since been abandoned, but concern about the injustice it could have done to travellers lingers.
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