National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) says ideas were ditched at the last minute and U-turns made without proper consultation with Christoph Mueller.
PETALING JAYA: The National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) speculates that Malaysia Airlines Berhad’s (MAB) chief executive officer has quit so soon because of “heavy politics” in the airline.
In a statement today, Nufam said it was not surprised with Christoph Mueller’s decision to leave sooner than his contract stipulated, but never thought it would be “so soon.”
In the statement union members also speculated that Mueller could possibly have not been able to cope with the various problems plaguing the airline.
“As we predicted last year, there is more than just having to recover those losses. It’s about the legacies and politics that get in his way. We were informed that ideas were ditched at the last minute and U-turn decisions made without proper consultation with Mueller.
“We think Mueller could not take in the heavy politics in MAB,” said the statement, adding that the competition with AirAsia and other international airlines could have also played a role in influencing Mueller to up and leave so soon.
Apart from that, the tragedies of MH370 and MH17 were also other factors that could have led to Mueller going “downhill”, said Nufam.
The union however lamented the billions of ringgit already “wasted” to turn the airline around, as no significant changes were instituted after Mueller took over.
The airline has lost its key people – some of whom left when 6,000 staff were retrenched last year, said Nufam.
“The most experienced and qualified staff from MAS are now serving in AirAsia, Malindo and even helping to build other airlines. With Mueller’s departure, it’s back to the drawing board for MAS.”
Nufam also questioned whether Mueller’s replacement would be worthy of the position, and was capable of bringing about “much deserved” changes in the airline.