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It would seem obvious regardless of an airline's nationality, ideology, point of destination or point of departure, that being suspended for not adhering to aviation regulations is a pretty big deal.

Moreover the Malaysian Government has announced a three-month suspension while they conduct a “safety audit” of the carrier.


The announcement came from Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director-general of the Department of Civil Aviation, saying, "Rayani Air has been suspended for three months, they contravened civil aviation regulations," declining to elaborate further.

However, Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai tweeted on Saturday that the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) would conduct a safety audit before allowing the airline to fly again, stating; "DCA will undertake a full administration and safety audit to determine if Rayani is 'fit' for AOC (aviation operating certificate) after serving provisional suspension."


Liow also expressed disappointment at Rayani's conduct despite previous warnings over "poor procedures and service level."

The fact that this is Malaysia’s first “Sharia”-compliant airline, may have something to do with the suspension, in that the Muslim crew must wear the hijab while non-Muslim crew are forbidden from wearing revealing clothing on board the airline, which launched last December. In-flight meals are completely halal and alcohol consumption is strictly banned.

In recent weeks, however, the carrier had drawn increasing criticism from passengers and the government due to last-minute delays and cancellations.

However a much wider issue than the temporary suspension is the barbaric ideology itself and the attempted legitimizing of Sharia Law, and whether international aviation regulations and laws are compatible with this radical ideology that condones both stoning and honor killings as a legal form of punishment, not to mention serious security issues of those employees adhering to this radical ideology.

The suspension comes two years after Malaysia faced twin aviation disasters.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down in July 2014 over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in a missile strike, killing all 298 people on board, and of course the infamous flight MH370 that vanished over the Indian Ocean carrying 239 passengers and crew, which crashed in March 2015.



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