PETALING JAYA: Troubled budget carrier MYAirline has agreed to pay RM4.3 million in unpaid salaries to 158 employees in January, having secured new investors, says Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) secretary-general Kamarul Baharin Mansor.
Kamarul said the agreement was reached following an order from the labour department.
“We received information from the labour office confirming that MYAirline has consented to disburse the salaries in accordance with the sums specified in the employees’ salary slips,” Kamarul told FMT.
However, Kamarul said, MTUC remained sceptical about MYAirline’s ability to follow through on its commitment.
“The scepticism arises from the airline’s failure to disburse salaries for the months of September and October, leaving a looming question mark over whether the new investors will indeed fulfil their pledge to cover five months’ worth of salaries.
Kamarul further said that MTUC regarded the situation as “unacceptable” because, regardless of the involvement of the new investors, it remained the company’s responsibility to remunerate its employees promptly.
“Waiting for investors is not an acceptable course of action,” he said.
On Oct 12, MYAirline abruptly suspended operations, citing “severe financial challenges” less than 11 months after it took to the skies.
Subsequently, on Oct 31, a group of around 15 MYAirline employees lodged a police report, citing unpaid salaries as the primary issue.
Kamarul, who accompanied the employees, expressed strong disapproval of MYAirline’s “unprofessional” conduct and called on the government to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the company’s affairs.