Ex-MD of Malaysia Airlines Abdul Aziz dies, aged 87

Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman helmed Malaysia Airlines from 1982 to 1991.

PETALING JAYA: Former Malaysia Airlines managing director Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman, passed away in his sleep at the Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur hospital in Ampang last night.

He was 87.

“Our heartfelt condolences to the family and relatives of the late Tan Sri Aziz Bin Abdul Rahman, former chairman of Malaysia Airlines System Berhad, who passed away peacefully late last night,” said the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) on its Facebook page.

Aziz joined then Malaysia Airlines System in 1971 and held the post of CEO and MD from 1982 to 1991. He left the company with a RM5 billion surplus when he retired.

The Kelantan native was among the former MAS employees and retirees who offered their services to turn around the country’s troubled flag carrier last year amid calls to shut down the loss-making airline.

A report yesterday stated that MAS will need up to RM21 billion of taxpayers’ money to stay afloat until 2025.