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Tony Fernandes' tech foray may not get off the ground

Nirgunan Tiruchelvam
Nirgunan Tiruchelvam7/23/2021 7:0 AM GMT+08  • 4 min read
Tony Fernandes' tech foray may not get off the ground
AirAsia has joined the queue of aspirants to be Asean’s super app.
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I was once mistaken for Tony Fernandes. It was at a black-tie dinner in Bangkok in November 2013 organised by CNBC. The aviator had received the Asian Business Leaders Award at the dinner.

Some guests patted me on the back thinking that I was the recipient. I took it as a compliment, given the gap in station (and looks). I enjoyed my moment in the sun as the lookalike of a celebrity.

Today, it is Fernandes’ turn to be an “imposter”. He now wants to assume the identity of a tech founder. The pandemic has grounded the fleet of AirAsia. The battered airline wants to pivot to e-commerce and ride-hailing.

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