Malaysia: Air Asia's Tony Fernandes and his beer story gone viral! - The Coverage

Malaysia: Air Asia’s Tony Fernandes and his beer story gone viral!


It shouldn’t be a doubt that all of us, especially Malaysians would recognize the business man Tony Fernandes himself and his globally known airline company, AirAsia.


Tan Sri Anthony Francis “Tony” Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia Berhad and founder of Tune Group Sdn Bhd.

Well this isn’t another of his success story but rather a made up humorous story posted by a Facebook page by the name of Malaysian Indians Must Unite on the 21st of March 2016 and unsurprisingly has garnered over 3 thousand shares!

The story goes as it is below, but if you would like a summary of the story you could skip it (However I would highly recommend).


A photo of Tony Fernandes that was posted along with the Facebook posting.


Air Asia Tony Fernandes and His Beer

Arriving in a hotel in KL Sentral he went to the bar and asked for a pint of draught Guinness.

The barman nodded and said, “That will be one Ringgit please, Uncle Tony.”

Somewhat taken aback, Uncle Tony replied, “That’s very cheap,” and handed over his money.

“Well, we try to stay ahead of the competition”, said the barman.
“And we are serving free pints every Wednesday evening from 6 until 8.

We have the cheapest draught in Asia”

“That is remarkable value” Uncle Tony comments

“I see you don’t seem to have a glass, so you’ll probably need one of ours.

That will be 3 Ringgit please.”

Uncle Tony scowled, but paid up. He took his drink and walked towards a seat.

“Ah, you want to sit down?” said the barman. “That’ll be an extra 2 Ringgit.

You could have pre-book the seat, and it would have only cost you a Ringgit”

“I think you may to be too big for the seat sir, can I ask you to sit in this frame please”

Uncle Tony attempts to sit down but the frame is too small and when he can’t squeeze in he complains “Nobody would fit in that little frame”.

“I’m afraid if you can’t fit in the frame you’ll have to pay an extra surcharge of RM 4 for your seat sir”

Tony swore to himself, but paid up. “I see that you have brought your laptop with you” added the barman.

“And since that wasn’t pre-booked either, that will be another 3 Ringgit”

Uncle Tony was so annoyed that he walked back to the bar, slammed his drink on the counter, and yelled,

“This is ridiculous, I want to speak to the manager”.

“Ah, I see you want to use the counter,” says the barman, “that will be 2 Ringgit please.”

Uncle’s face was red with rage.

“Do you know who I am?”

“Of course I do Mr Fernandes”

“I’ve had enough, What sort of Hotel is this? I come in for a quiet drink and you treat me like this.

I insist on speaking to a manager!”

“Here is his Email address, or if you wish, you can contact him between 9 and 9.10 every morning, Monday to Tuesday at this free phone number.

Calls are free, until they are answered, then there is a talking charge of only 10 sen per second provided you use Tune Talk
using other mobile carriers would incur our normal charges of 30 Sen per second.”

“I will never use this bar again”

“OK Uncle , but remember, we are the only bar in Asia selling pints for one Ringgit… so that “Now everyone can drink”


To summarize the story, Tony Fernandes was in a hotel bar ordering a pint of draught Guinness from the barman but comes to shock when he discovers that a pint of beer is just a ringgit cheap! The barman explained that they are just trying to stay ahead of the competition by providing cheap services.

Little did Tony Fernandes knew, he was being charged little by little for every single silly thing he did or did not even do! Things such as a beer glass, a seat, not reserving a seat and even charged for wanting to call the manager!


Of course Tony Fernandes was furious about it all, wouldn’t we be too? At the end of it, the barman pokes fun of AirAsia’s concept in charging its customers for every additional request they insist by saying “OK Uncle , but remember, we are the only bar in Asia selling pints for one Ringgit… so that “Now everyone can drink”.

It’s definitely a fun read for those who understood the joke, poking fun of Tony Fernandes’ company policy and concept. If a bar like this surely were to exist in Malaysia, by the end of the night the bill would be more expensive than a flight with AirAsia!

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