air travel – COVID-19 canceled flight (AirAsia in Malaysia), refund request rejected?


I booked two domestic Malaysian flights with AirAsia in March 2020 for a value of 288 MYR (from a Malaysian city to another Malaysian city, and back; their codes starting with AK), which the airline canceled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and the MCO decreed by the Government of Malaysia.

After having opened a case in March 2020 and having waited for 4 months, AirAsia now replied to my case (July 2020), rejecting to refund the price of the ticket to my bank account, only offering to give me BIG points for future flights.

They initially enabled for requesting for a full refund via their website; now they only display the option of a credit refund or moving the flight.

I have checked AirAsia’s terms and conditions of carriage for AK flights; given that in Section 9.2., option c. “refund” states that it is applicable “if you choose not to proceed with your trip due to a flight cancellation and/or rescheduling that occurs three (3) hours or more before or after the original scheduled departure time”, I would think I would deserve a full refund.

What are my customer rights? Does AirAsia have to refund my canceled flight ticket’s price? If they refuse to do so, how can AirAsia be enforced to refund?