KUALA LUMPUR: Former Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general Nazri Aziz today suggested a change of name for Malaysia Airlines, saying the national carrier has become synonymous with tragedy and negativity.
He said the airline’s name had been kept out of good will but that it had “hit rock bottom”.
“If you want to sell it or anything else, then good. But I think change the name – Air Malaysia, Malaysia Airways – because now, Malaysia Airlines has a bad name.
“It has become synonymous with negativity. One plane crashed, one plane went missing. People kept the name due to good will. But if one (plane) is missing and another got shot, just change the name,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.
Nazri, who is Padang Rengas MP, was referring to flight MH370 which disappeared from radar in 2014 and is still missing in one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.
Flight MH17 meanwhile was shot down over eastern Ukraine later that year en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people on board were killed.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government had received four takeover offers for Malaysia Airlines, the majority of which are from locals.
However, he said no decision has been made as the government is still studying the offers and looking for “somebody who is experienced”.