Just minutes after the Election Commission announced the polling dates for the 15th general election (GE15), voters saw an incredible surge in the prices of flight tickets during the election weekend.
Flight-booking websites have been swamped following the long-awaited announcement of the polling dates. Trouble is, airline tickets have become way more expensive.
According to one netizen, a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching is RM500 with Malaysia Airlines, and RM720 for AirAsia.
A check by Malay Mail found that direct economy flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur cost RM2,376 on AirAsia and RM744 on Malaysia Airlines during the election weekend.
In response to this, transport minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong has said that the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) will regulate the prices of flight tickets to ensure airlines do not increase prices arbitrarily ahead of GE15.