Rats, maggots, and bees: AirAsia's Tony Fernandes chides Malaysia airport operator for poor hygiene

AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes posted a picture which shows what appears be a swarm of bees nesting on the facade of the KLIA2 building.
AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes posted a picture which shows what appears be a swarm of bees nesting on the facade of the KLIA2 building.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/TONY FERNANDES

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes has criticised Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) for what appears to be a bee infestation after a beehive was spotted on a window at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2).

"Now we have bees in KLIA2. We got maggots, rats and now bees. Maybe a zoo or KLIA 2 honey?" the AirAsia Group's chief executive officer tweeted on Monday night (Jan 7).

"Could be new income which could reduce airport tax. Jokes aside, this is dangerous for my passengers and my staff. Will the non-communicative new CEO solve this?"

Mr Fernandes posted a picture which shows what appears be a swarm of bees nesting on the facade of the KLIA2 building.

MAHB clarified on Tuesday that it is monitoring the swarm of bees and is prepared to fumigate the area if the bees do not disperse.

The airport operator said it was aware of the congregation of bees at the Bay Q4 area of KLIA2, adding that it was not a beehive. It, however, said the swarm of bees appeared between 10am and 11am on Tuesday (Jan 8) morning.

“It is quite common for migrating swarms of bees to congregate at airports, especially at the airside. We monitor such situations and if they do not disperse by nightfall, we will get pest control to fumigate, so as to avoid the formation of a beehive,” MAHB said in a statement on Tuesday.

It said fumigation activities were usually done at night for safety reasons, and that it was hazardous to disturb a swarm of bees during the day. It added that it would fumigate the area by 8pm on Tuesday night if the bees remained.

“We have not had any situation where migrating swarms caused harm to anyone in the past,” MAHB said.

Mr Fernandes' criticism came in the wake of a complaint by an AirAsia employee on social media about a maggot-infested rubbish bin at the airport.

There had also been complaints about rat infestation at the airport after a rat was filmed running amok in a passenger lounge.

AirAsia and MAHB have been locked in a legal battle over higher passenger service charge of RM73 (S$24) imposed by the airport operator at KLIA2.

AirAsia has been collecting the previous rate of RM50 per person in protest, insisting that it is unfair that KLIA2 charges the same rate as KLIA when the latter is vastly better equipped than the other.