Updated: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:03:37 GMT | By The Malaysian Insider : Malaysia

Tony Fernandes makes Twitter comeback, 3 weeks later

Air Asia boss Tan Sri Tony Fernandes (pic) has returned to Twitter after "much persuasion", just 18 days after announcing his departure from the social networking site, to the joy and relief of Twitter users. Fernandes, one of Malaysia's most prominent personalities on Twitter, reactivated his account on July 15 after he was apparently...


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Air Asia boss Tan Sri Tony Fernandes (pic) has returned to Twitter after "much persuasion", just 18 days after announcing his departure from the social networking site, to the joy and relief of Twitter users.

Fernandes, one of Malaysia's most prominent personalities on Twitter, reactivated his account on July 15 after he was apparently persuaded by the micro-blogging site's administration.

"After much persuasion from Twitter and many others I'm back on Twitter. But will be more thoughtful. Was a good break," he tweeted.

His tweet triggered a wave of greetings and cheers from his followers, who immediately retweeted his post and welcomed him back to the site.

‏@Amit_Mandalia said, "@tonyfernandes good to see your hiatus was only brief Tony."

"@tonyfernandes Your tweets were fantastic! Keep it real Mr Tony!

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," said ‏@nadoedope.

"@tonyfernandes welcome back. You were missed," said ‏@IanDutt.

Fernandes, however, returned to slightly fewer followers (876,000) than he had prior to closing the account (887,000).

He had closed his Twitter account on June 27 after lamenting about government bailouts of national airlines, apparently referring to loss-making Malaysia Airlines (MAS).

"I will be closing down my Twitter account today. As I said, wait till QPR gets promoted and I reach 50. I may restart dedicated accounts," Fernandes tweeted.

"Goodbye all. Maybe I return. Been fun. And damn useful. Speak the truth be brave," he said in another tweet, as a parting shot.

The Air Asia group chief executive officer had tweeted often about the airlines and Queens Park Rangers (QPR), an English football club he owns.

He had also used his Twitter account to voice his displeasure with MAS and Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) using his Twitter handle.

In February, Fernandes hit out at MAHB and former acting transport minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein over the delay and escalated costs of klia2, which replaced the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) last month. – July 17, 2014.

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