No-Fly Silverfly

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The launch March 16. (l-r) Hasim, Ruby and Zambry

Silverfly Sdn Bhd, which was launched at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport in Ipoh with much fanfare on March 16, flew its last flight on that very same day.

It had been flying to Subang, Kota Bahru and Medan, and was to start flying to Singapore on April 1.

Ipoh Echo was alerted of Sliverfly’s ‘no-fly’ operation by an anonymous caller from Medan on a visit to Ipoh for a medical check up. She was dismayed as she had to come to Ipoh via Penang because the Medan-Ipoh flight had been stopped for over a month.

Attempts to contact the company’s Executive Chairman Hasim Othman for a statement has been unsuccessful, while their Chief Administration Officer Hj Zulkifli Ibrahim declined to comment.

Further inquiries revealed that the flight that took off on its launch day was the last flight and there had been no more flights since then.

Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, who officiated the launching, said he was aware that the flights had stopped, but was unaware that it was stopped immediately after launch.

According to Zambry the company had approached the state for assistance. However the state was unable to assist as the company did not present a ‘proper business model’ for consideration.

Zambry added that he was aware even before the launch that the company could encounter difficulties as this was a “competitive and high cost business hence I cautioned them”, referring to the company’s husband and wife team, Hasim Othman and Ruby Hasim, whom he described as ‘resilient’.

Zambry also announced that Riau Airlines would be flying to Ipoh again from Medan and that flights would be starting this month.

JAG