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AirAsia bigwigs, staff say farewell to LCCT

Posted: 08 May 2014 05:00 PM PDT

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia and AirAsia X bosses and staff took to Twitter Thursday to bid farewell to the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT), as the budget airline closed down its operations there before moving to KLIA2 beginning Friday.

In a tweet on Thursday night, AirAsia Group chief executive officer (CEO) Tan Sri Tony Fernandes shared a photo of the now-empty check-in counters, saying, "From my desk at LCCT. Deserted. Built for 10 million expanded to 15 million but we did 20 million due to 3 year delay."

He then shared another photo, voicing his love for the LCCT.

Tony Fernandes' photo of a deserted LCCT.

"I love it. With a bit of thought and investment, we could have stayed here. But everyone always wants to build. It's airlines that brings passengers tourists and jobs. Not airports. Onwards and upwards." said Fernandes through his official Twitter account, @tonyfernandes.

Similar views were shared by AirAsia Berhad CEO Aireen Omar, who shared a photo on her Instagram account of AirAsia's last flight from LCCT bound for Kolkata.

"Last flight from LCCT. Flight to Calcutta. #thankyoulcct . You've been awesome," said Aireen via her Instagram account, aireenomar.

On her Twitter account, @aireenomar, she added "Waiting anxiously for first arrival of #AirAsia flight into klia2 frm Ho Chi Minh City. First batch of ramp vehicles arrived at klia2! Ready for first arrival at klia2 today".

She also shared what she would miss the most about the LCCT.

"Many asked what I'll miss most about LCCT. I said: simple, practical, fast, convenient, low cost. We had the best growth here. #thankyoulcct," said Aireen.

AirAsia X's CEO Azran Osman-Rani also said farewell to the LCCT on his official account, @azranosmanrani, sharing a picture with AirAsiaX's director of operations Moses Devanayagam in their now-empty offices.

"This was where Moses n I started at AirAsia X in 2007. Now the team have packed up for KLIA2 move. #thankyoulcct," said Azran.

Aside from the chiefs, AirAsia staff also said their goodbyes to the airport, such as pilot Johan F. Khairuddin.

"My 1st flight on @AirAsia X from LCCT, was as a passenger. My last flight from LCCT, was as the pilot. #ThankYouLCCT," said Johan via his Twitter account.

The last AirAsia flights out were Kolkata-bound AK-63 which left at 10.30pm, and AK 6446 which left for Kota Baru at 9.50pm. The last AirAsia X departure was D7 170, which will leave for Jeddah at 2.35am.

Police nab member of Somalia terror group

Posted: 08 May 2014 09:00 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: Members of a Somalian terrorist group known as Al-Shabaab have been entering Malaysia pretending to be private college students and tourists.

The Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Unit has been tracking six Al-Shabaab members who entered the country in the past few weeks, according to sources.

They said the group planned to set up a base in Malaysia to hide their members from the authorities.

Some of the members had left the country but police were monitoring those still here, the sources said.

They added that Al-Shabaab had no links with the militants arrested in Selangor and Kedah recently.

Police achieved a breakthrough when they arrested a 34-year-old Somalian man, wanted by Interpol for alleged terror links, in Selangor yesterday.

"More arrests are expected soon. The police have to act fast before this terrorist group gains a foothold in the country," one source said.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin said the man, who was detained at about 4pm, was believed to be involved with the Al-Shabaab terrorist faction.

"He was previously charged with being involved in terror activities in East Africa and was listed in Interpol's Red Notice (meaning he is being sought to be extradited to his country of origin).

"We are investigating his activities in Malaysia to uncover Al-Shabaab's network whose members might be hiding or planning action that can threaten the country's safety," he said in a statement.

The man is being investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012.

It is learned that police are still searching for a weapon cache the man may have.

According to the US National Counter Terrorism Centre (, the Harakat Shabaab al-Mujahidin – commonly known as Al-Shabaab – is the militant wing of the Somali Council of Islamic Courts that took over most of southern Somalia in the second half of 2006.

Despite the group's defeat by Somali and Ethiopian forces in 2007, Al-Shabaab – which is clan-based – has continued its violent insurgency in southern and central Somalia.

The group has exerted temporary and, at times, sustained control over strategic locations in those areas, using guerilla warfare and terrorist tactics.

Quick thinking public chase after robbers, suspect nabbed

Posted: 08 May 2014 06:18 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: Members of the public, who saw a motorcyclist being robbed by three men along the Penchala Link near Taman Tun Dr Ismail, chased after the suspects in their car all the way to Damansara Perdana.

The commotion caught the attention of a Mobile Patrol Vehicle (MPV) unit, which intercepted the suspects and arrested one of them.

Brickfields OCPD ACP Muhammad Azlee Abdullah said that at around 3pm Thursday, the victim, a money changer who was transporting cash, was riding his motorcycle towards Sri Hartamas when the suspects in a Proton Waja rammed into him.

"The men alighted from their car and were brandishing parang. They grabbed his bag, which contained the money, and his gun.

"As they sped off, members of the public who saw the incident gave chase. At Damansara Perdana, the MPV unit noticed the commotion and stopped the car.

"One suspect was arrested while the others escaped with the money. The gun they stole was also recovered," ACP Muhammad Azlee said.


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