Nufam urges govt to review Malaysia Airlines’ management

Nufam president Ismail Nasaruddin says Malaysia Airlines needs to be run by aviation industry experts.

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Union of Flight Attendants (Nufam) has urged the Pakatan Harapan government to review all Malaysia Airlines’ issues concerning wastage, leakages and mismanagement over the past few years.

Nufam president Ismail Nasaruddin claimed the amount of losses recorded over the years was RM15 billion.

He claimed there was no tracking of how the money was spent.

“We had our financial aviation people study the losses from 2005 until 2014.

“After that, we did not have any financial reports from MAS on their profits and losses,” he told reporters today after meeting the Council of Eminent Persons at Ilham Tower.

“And MAS has not submitted any financial reports on their profits and losses,” he said.

He also claimed there had been no improvement after restructuring of the airline despite complaints raised by the staff.

Ismail also questioned the recent purchase of new aircraft.

“They said they have no money but how can they buy the airplanes and sack almost 6,000 staff?

“We feel that many things are not right. So, we are urging the new government to re-open all the cases and get more information from the airline.

“We previously highlighted our complaints in a memorandum, which was passed on to the previous government but we received no response.”

‘Replace political appointees with professionals’

Ismail said it was illogical to have the same people continue managing the airline when it was not making profits.

He said the airline needs to be run by aviation industry experts.

“There are quite a number of political appointees on the board of management,” he added.